The Ups and Downs of Work

Apr 6, 2011 | Uncategorized

You know how it is. In the course of our work, we inevitably encounter discouragement, demoralization, burn-out. We miss deadlines, sleep, food, all because we want to do good work, but sometimes, good is not good enough.

A lot of times work would always be a high-adrenalined activity for many of us. High adrenaline may be in the form of a new aspect of your work and you try to learn the ropes. A new account. A new set of people to work with. They could also be the honor and commendation that you reap for a job well done.

But we all know too well that this is not always the case with “work”. It has its ups and downs. For some of us the “downs” may be a lot more than the “ups”. You then come to a state where you justify your existence in said work. Should you have been there in the first place? You know you are. But the downs sometimes weighs so  much that we forget the ups that God allows us to experience.

1 Corinthians 15:58 encourages you with these words, “So, my dear brother and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” This version came from the New Living Translation.

Whenever we are in our “down” moments, let us always be reminded of these words. Everything that we do is a ministry to Jesus. Ministry is not about being in a church or praying for someone. We minister to Jesus by our work when we do it with joy and a victorious mind set. When we are in this attitude, we are refreshed knowing that Jesus honors everything that we do for His glory.

When others are encouraged when they see your excellent work, it glorifies Jesus. When others see perseverance and hard work in you, Jesus is glorified even more. God is the author of our faith. It is with this faith that we are able to overcome our “down” moments so Jesus can turn it into an ‘up” moment.

Help us REFRESH others with the life-giving Word of God today!

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