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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!