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Are You Lazy At Work? Apr 24 2012


"I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” - Ecclesiastes 2:18-25

Are you giving work your best shot? Or are you tending to do what you can to get by? One thing for sure...we live in a culture that doesn’t glorify laziness. And even though we can let work get out of hand - it’s helpful to know that laziness is not a quality that God admires either. He wants us to do what we do with all our might, because laziness will allow our life to pass by without ever experiencing significant accomplishment.

You may not be that happy in your job, but remember, fulfillment and purpose in your work will not come apart from God. When we work to please ourselves, or the people around us more than God, we will always be controlled by the successes and failures that our work produces. When we work to please God, we find that He gives us direction and a sense of meaning even when it’s hard - even when our talent is underutilized.

So, wherever you are working, first, be thankful you have a job. Then, give it your best shot - to please God - for you surely aren’t of any use when you are not.

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Thanks! I really needed this today.

 
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Thanks! I needed this today! I'm going through a very difficult time at my job. Painful supervisors, directors, are some of the many problems I face. Please pray for me that God will smooth things out and provide me with new opportunity.

 
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God would even use our jobs to mold and shape us into his perfect image. Many of us will be given assignments that would test our integrity as followers of Christ. The result of this would determine whither we have mature enough to move to the next phase in the Lord. Our work place is definitely some where to build our faith.

 
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This so is relevant and inspiring. Thank God.

 
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It is so amazing how I found this website . I prayed and asked God to reveal to me a good devotional for the day . I was suprised to see the devotional heading for the day . Are you lazy at work . It was right there that I read it and said a little prayer to God asking for forgivness as for the past two days I was slackening off at work. It is so amazing how God speaks to you when you earnestly seeke him. Thanks for allowing God to use you to touch others lives .

 

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