Hard Work or Hardly Work

There is a constant tension in me between working hard and ministry feeling like I am hardly working.  I guess it is because I am doing what I LOVE TO DO and more importantly what God has designed me to do.  I can work and work and work and work – but it seldom feels like work.  I enjoy my life, my wife, my kids, my friends and my church.  There is no doubt about it.  But I also recognize that I am not the ever-ready battery bunny either.  I need to take time for myself and family even when I dont feel like I need it.  Why?  Because I do need it.  We all need it!

What drives me to work hard?

  1. The mission.  I believe that the mission of Jesus is so important that I want to be a catalyst to see it happen in my life and through my life.
  2. My past.  I watched my mother work 50-60 hrs a week to provide for me and my brothers.  I believe I learned my work ethic from her.
  3. Approval.  In some ways I also think I am still looking for “daddy’s” approval.  So I work my butt off trying to get “approved” by those around me.
  4. My beliefs.  “Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.” (Proverbs 10:4).  Now I am a long way from material wealth, but I am the wealthiest man in the world – I am loved by those closest to me (Mary and the kids).  God warns us not to be lazy, but to work hard.

It has been almost a year since we have a taken a vacation.  That is way too long.  We did a trip to see Mary’s family for Christmas – which was a blast – but there is nothing like being AWAY from everything and everyone.  That is a true vacation.  Needless to say —— > we are planning a much needed vacation.

Where should we go?  Any recommendations???

Question:  Do you work hard or hardly work?  Maybe it is time for a change!

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