It’s the first Monday of the New Year, and for many of us, it’s our first day back to work since 2020. (I know, cue collective groan, right?)
Last night, I was thinking about how much I do not want to go back to being a teacher. In a pandemic. With all my students virtual.
No matter what we work at, bread-winning can grow tiresome and wearying and discouraging.
So, this morning’s verse of the day on my Bible app was very appropriate:
This verse was a good morning reminder to me to prioritize Scripture – in my actions, my thoughts, and my focus- over whatever it is I am working so hard to earn. That as important as earning a living is, God’s work is more important, more crucial to my life, including what God says about my work and how to think of it.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
“and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.”