Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 26 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 6
Food for Thought: Prov. 6:6-11
Some people may think that work is a dirty word, and they avoid it like the plague. Or they at least try to get away with working as little as possible. The problem is that people with such an attitude actually become slaves to their own laziness that keeps them from realizing their true potential and calling in life which, deep down, is what every human being really desires. Sadly, they end up just existing, not really living.
Almost everyone can do something, regardless of their physical condition. I know a person who has bad knees due to obesity, so she has become a shut-in at a very young age and reliant on government assistance. With no goals for the future, she has become quite bitter. Another person I know is quite able-bodied, yet has absolutely no desire to hold down a job. He is content with whatever help he gets from relatives, and the days turn into months and years with nothing to show for it.
When work is considered as an expression of God’s abilities in us, no matter how menial the work may seem, inwardly we gain great satisfaction—even if we are exhausted by the end of the day. There is purpose for our lives. We prove to ourselves and others that we are productive. We are givers. We have something to contribute to the community. And when we do everything for the glory of God, serving Him (Col. 3:17, 23; I Cor. 10:31; Eccl 9:10), He blesses what we put our hand to do, and we gain even greater gratification and contentment.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):