Enjoying Our Work
“And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life - this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past." -Ecclesiastes 5:10&20
Have you ever felt like life was pointless? I know I have... sometimes life seems futile, boring, and useless. We're all going to die one day anyway - what difference does it make if we do good or bad, we are foolish or wise, we spend a lifetime working hard or we spend all of our money? We can't take our money or possessions with us...
The writer of Ecclesiastes echoes these exact sentiments. He says, "People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing - like working for the wind. Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud - frustrated, discouraged, and angry." Ecclesiastes 5:16 & 17
Pretty depressing, isn't it? But, then when he reflects upon it all, he concludes: "Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life - this is indeed a gift from God." -Ecclesiastes 5:18&19
Our actions on earth do make an eternal difference, even if we don't realize it. I love that part above, "...to enjoy your work and accept your lot in life - this is indeed a gift from God." Life is pointless without the one who made us to give us purpose and allow us to enjoy our work - a gift from Him.
Have you found a way to enjoy your work and enjoy God's presence in your life through seemingly futile activities? If not, why not ask Him today to help you see the work He gives as a gift. He desires that we experience purpose within even our mundane day-to-day activities, because we have a relationship with Him.
Related resource: The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer