Do The Hard Work

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

Matthew 25:29

Mijos, it’s not easy to get up everyday and commit to your day (and commit it to the Lord!). It’s not easy to remember to make your bed, go to school, and eventually, go to work. Especially if you have to work for someone whom you don’t enjoy working for, or you have difficulty performing or enjoying the work.

Today, I was reminded by a good friend who was practicing his Proverbs 27:17 responsibility (iron sharpens iron), of this verse:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

Colossians 3:23

Which reminded me of 2 Chronicles chapter 20, where Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon, and countless other verses where the Lord reminds us that the battle is not ours, but His!

But like Joshua marching around the walls of Jericho, we must work hard. I’m certain it was exhausting marching around the city each day – perhaps just as exhausting as it is to remember to take out the trash, brush your teeth, do the dishes, fold your laundry… (I’m looking at you, Ari).

My work has been no different today, as I’m reminded of my own instruction, and God’s great and unfailing wisdom – I do not work for man, but for God, and God alone. His plans are way better than ours, and if our lives have not been proof enough of His mercy, there’s still a lot of life ahead of us that He’s promised us.

Therefore, it’s up to us to readjust our perspectives, and to find joy in the work that we do, knowing that it’s all in His great timing. I’m reminded of that in my own work today, when I received an email from one of my bosses that was not very kind. Even though my initial thoughts left me distraught about the situation, I am reminded again, that no matter how I am treated, it is not I who is being treated this way, but God, as I am His child, as you are His also.

I was also reminded today of a very important verse, that changed my heart’s perspective:

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:43-45

So it is said, and I am humbled today by these words, and prayerfully submit in earnest; pray with me; pray for me.

Padre Dios, oro para que la sabiduría entre en la vida de este hombre. Oro por discernimiento y sanación de todo mal que haya enfrentado, para que sea recordado de tus grandes misericordias y que su corazón se ablande ante Tu amor. Oro para que encuentre paz y gran fortuna al regresar a Tu diseño para todos nosotros, y que espere con paciencia Tu suave yugo y los planes que tienes para él en su vida. Te pido que sigas fortaleciéndome para ser gentil en espíritu, amable en mis palabras y lleno de vida en mi respuesta. Perdónalo por lo que no sabe, como yo lo haré en la sinceridad de tus promesas sobre mi propia necesidad de perdón por mis errores. Oro fervientemente por tu dirección en nuestras vidas, para que seamos buenos administradores de lo que nos has dado y guiemos a otros hacia ti. Gracias, Jesús. Amén.

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