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Tasks and Privileges
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Wake up, grab a cup of coffee, go to work, sit at my desk for a few hours, head home for lunch, go back to work...
Monday through Friday, that is the schedule of my life... Monday I work, Tuesday I work, Wednesday I work... the same thing again and again. Now I enjoy my job, however a lot of times I end up working not because I want to, but because I "have to." Work becomes a task, instead of a privilege.
Unfortunately, this happens with most daily or frequent tasks. Instead of taking joy in all the different activities we are privileged to do, we start focusing on the negative aspects. Instead of looking forward to the items on our "to-do" list, we view them as more work.
And this attitude becomes reflected in our Christian activities as well. We look at church as something we have to do on Sunday, instead of something we get to do. Instead of reading the Bible with a joyful heart, we quickly skim through to get our reading done. Instead of praying with thanks to God, we pray a quick, emotionless prayer. Instead of remembering how blessed we are to have such a loving and merciful God, we rush through these things inattentively so we can do something else.
The greatest danger with this, is that soon we start separating ourselves from God. WE change our relationship with God, and choose to be formal and unemotional instead of intimate and caring. And like a snowball rolling downhill, soon it becomes more than we wanted, and it becomes bigger and even harder to stop.
Of course, that is the answer... to stop. To take a moment out of our busy day, and to look around at all the blessings God has given us. In fact, stopping our busy lives and focusing our all of our blessings is so important, that God created a day just for that purpose (Leviticus 23:3, Mark 2:27). A day that we could remember all the wonderful things He has done for us, a day that we could take a moment to see how blessed we truly are.
I was once told that there is enough work to last a lifetime, and enough blessings to fill one. We are blessed to be able to read God's Word, to have a personal relationship with Him... and yes... even to work at our job or go to school.
Another favorite saying of mine, is: "The only difference between work and play, is the man who looks at it." The Lord has blessed us in so many ways; it is up to us to realize this. It is up to us to remember not to take our lives for granted... not to take our blessings for granted... and not to take God for granted.
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