Doing the Wrong Work
As a former stay-at-home mom, I now know the feeling that others talked about - being torn between your children at home, and the work required of you outside the home. My "job" is to spend time in class with my teacher, do my homework, spend time conversing, listening, and practicing....anything to help me learn better. I feel like I have an incredible load on my shoulders and to do all of the above is to only do a little in each area, and none of it well (so it seems). It is very easy to be BUSY doing all kinds of things, and my to-do list is very long. I am very good at doing 3 things at once! But am I doing things of VALUE? Is God directing my work?
"Thus says the Lord of hosts, consider your ways! You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes......consider you ways!"
The Lord wanted them to rebuild the temple. But the people were focused on their work. It was a total inward focus - on their house, their clothes, their harvest, their earnings, rather than focusing on the Lord's work. And he took away the fruit of their labor. I must DAILY allow God to direct my work. By asking him, he will show me the priorities for the day, and he may give me something to do that wasn't on my to-do list! Whether you have a short or long to-do list is irrelevant. What matters most is that we are doing the right work. Business is not always fruitful, but the right work will bear fruit.
(This is a cherry tree in the photo!)
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