A Proverb A Day… Day 12

Read Proverbs 12

The ascent from nobody to famous hero makes for a great movie and is something we all eat up. It’s exciting to watch the main character learn who they are and what they’re capable of and come out on top despite the odds being stacked against them. We empathize with the character and allow their story to inspire us to our own victories.

I love these stories, but I think they can easily lead to some faulty thinking if we’re not careful. If we aren’t intentional to guard our hearts and minds, we can quickly begin to think that success only happens overnight. It’s so easy to think that success is defined by people knowing or chanting our names, forgetting that it’s so much more than that. I’m guilty of this too! I often disdain the process and God is constantly inviting me to change my definition of success.

Better to be ordinary and work for a living
    than act important and starve in the process.

The one who stays on the job has food on the table;
    the witless chase whims and fancies.

The diligent find freedom in their work;
    the lazy are oppressed by work.

A lazy life is an empty life,
    but “early to rise” gets the job done.

Get rich quick schemes are  everywhere and millions fall victim to these every single year. Our society has developed a love of riches and wealth but not of hard work. The idea of someone getting up everyday and working hard at their “normal” 9-5 job is something that is thoroughly unappealing today. But why is that? What about hard work is so unpleasant?

I’m wondering what we’ve lost in our quest for the quick fix. How has our aversion to hard work impacted our relationships, health, finances, and more? God created us to work, after all that was Adam’s whole purpose in the garden before sin entered the hearts of humanity, and God blesses hard work. I will even go so far as to say that our working and stewarding well the things and skills God has given us can be worship to him. What if we began to see our mundane tasks or “boring” jobs as an opportunity to worship God? How would that change our work-ethic? Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a pro-athlete, a musician, a writer, a customer service rep, or a person who works in a cubicle, let’s do the best work that we can, knowing that God will bless us for our diligence, perseverance, and hard work.

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