JEM #2: Work Hard As to the Lord

A child completed a piece of subpar work today. We both know she could have done better because she has done better in the past, but laziness won the battle.

She comes by it honest. It’s a fight I’m perpetually not winning myself–but I want more for both of us and the rest of our family.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Colossians 3:23

In many ways, modern life makes it easy to avoid hard work. If I really indulged my lazy tendencies, my kids could run feral and we could eat frozen dinners every night. I could outsource any number of tasks until the money (or credit) ran out.

But caring for this house and the people in it is the work set before me. I don’t finish it all every day, but I aim to work hard because I’m called to.

For my kids, that looks different in a classroom vs. home environment, but the expectation is the same: you will work hard at your job because that is your job.

We don’t work for work’s sake or to point out our efforts for our own glory. We work for the God who calls us to it and His glory. And we work for the neighbors we’re given to love and serve through our work.

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