Did you know that the average American will spend 24 years of their life working and 24 years of their life sleeping?
If you’re in school, your first thought was probably “Ha, yeah right! All I do is work and I certainly do not get enough sleep!”
Just the other day I found myself complaining, yet again, to my Momma about all that I have to do, but for once I stopped mid sentence and realized that I signed up for all of this – I chose to go to college and take classes and to work a job. Why am I complaining, when I have chosen to fill up my life with things to do and opportunities to work hard and learn?
News alert: the Bible says do not complain or grumble:
“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.”Philippians 2:14-16 (NLT)
When we complain about our lives, we hinder the Gospel. We get so caught up in our grumbling that we leave no room and no time to glorify God for what he has done in our lives. Worst of all, it can be a stumbling block to those around us.
The Bible also says that we are to work hard and work for the Lord:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”Colossians 3:23 (ESV)
Our work, regardless of occupation, stage of life, education, or background, should ultimately be to glorify the Lord. If we work for the approval of man, then we can not truly be servants of the Lord (Galatians 1:10).
There are rewards to working hard:
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)
So often as Believers we think that God owes us good things, but faith does not guarantee us a leisurely, work free life. We are not being good stewards of our time, talents, and resources if we are sluggard and lack diligence.
The best news: we can let the Lord direct our path!
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”Psalm 90:17 (ESV)
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
We do not have to work in vain and we do not need to seek out the future with uncertainty. When we commit our ways to the Lord, he will lead us into his perfect plans. There should be enthusiasm in seeking the Lord for wisdom and direction for our future. We should have a desire to be diligent as a way to honor Him.
So the next time you find yourself complaining about your work or your schedule, I would encourage you to ask the Lord to give you joy in your work, a renewed energy for the tasks ahead, and gratitude for the opportunities he has given to you.