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Work work work work work!

It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?

You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.

It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.

But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?

You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

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Marriage 101 Philosophy: Newlywed Edition

Let me be honest, writing about marriage and relationships makes me nervous. I feel like I have no right to say anything about either. I’ve not been married long enough. And I’ve made some very selfish choices in past relationships. So, I want you to know that I write because I feel that God has put it on my heart to share. I write because I want people who do have marital advice to share their wisdom with anyone who reads my blog and with me. I write because I need accountability. I write because I need guidance. So, don’t keep your wisdom to yourself.

As I have said in the past, I am no relationship guru. I have some great ideas, but the execution of them never took place in past relationships. But that’s all done. I am married now, so I’m on a whole new level now. In other words, what used to work or get me by won’t anymore. Nor should I want it to.

I say all that to say, that this new idea isn’t to make it seem like I have the perfect marriage. I don’t even know what that is, except for the symbolism of Christ and His Church. That’s the only perfect marriage I know of. But that is another blog for another day. I’m going to start “journaling” a Marriage 101. Not because I know the ends and outs, but because I’m going through them currently as a newlywed.

My husband and I have a philosophy I like to call, The Not Going Anywhere Philosophy.

This philosophy pretty much means, he ain’t going anywhere, and I ain’t going anywhere, so we better pray about it and figure it out. If we got married because we believed it was God’s will like we said, then we don’t need to go anywhere. If when we were dating there was no desire to be anywhere else, there still needs to be the same commitment more than ever in marriage.

It hurts when I say things I shouldn’t have said to him. It hurts when he says the wrong things too. We hurt each other. Not because we want to, but because we have a human nature. It’s human nature to want to say and do what you want, and to not always think of the consequences or effects it will have on someone else. Even if that is someone you love.

But we made a commitment. We committed that we weren’t going anywhere on the day we said I do. So the only thing left is to figure it out. There’s only about two options anyway. We can have a long, miserable lifetime staying mad at each other. Or we can pray and figure it out.

Because the bottom line is, when you’re not going anywhere, all you want to do is make the most of where you currently are.

And for anyone reading that has a tip of the day for married couples or those considering marriage, please share. I know I need it, so someone else probably does too. Thanks for your wisdom in advance.

As always, this post serves as a reminder to me. This is the promise I am making to God, my husband, and my marriage. This is public accountability for those days that are far from perfect. Tough times come, but they also go as well. So if the next time I read this, I am having a tough time, here’s your own advice: pray and figure it out! 

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Work Hard, Honor God

Work Hard, Honor God

Ephesians 6:7

 

It was the first week of school and Brandon was excited about his new school year. They already had their first test scheduled for Friday. While his friends decided to talk during their free time in class, Brandon decided he would spend his working on practice problems for the test. His friends didn’t understand why he was working so hard, but Brandon had a bigger goal in mind.

Test day came and Brandon made an A on his test. When he got home that day, he looked at the scripture he had memorized over the summer. It was Ephesians 6:7, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

You may not have a job, but right now school is your work. It may not seem important to work hard at it, but it is. God’s word commands us as His children to work hard in order to bring Him glory. It’s a new school year. For some of you, that might mean new friends, new classes, and even better, new opportunities to honor God. Work hard, not just for your teachers, not just for yourself, but for God. This year, honor God and have fun. After all, honoring God is fun.

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