Contentment

The past few weeks I have been noticing more and more people talk about work and how busy their schedule is. Whether it is complaining about a crazy week, glorifying a busy schedule, or getting stuck on the idea and desire of wanting a vacation or break from school when it simply is not your time..I think we have all been the ones saying one or both of those statements.

These situations can be taken to an extreme of either over working yourself and neglecting the people God has placed in your life (family, friends)… Or, on the flip side, taking a break and procrastinating the work that has been placed in front of you to do in that moment.

So, why are we talking about this? Because, there is a balance. I love to be busy, but if I am too busy I desire to be restful.. But when I am restful, I feel the need to be busy. What happened to Contentment? We are going to jump into Genesis for just a moment, and take a look at the first worker bee God created…

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.“ - Genesis 2.15

Another translation reads, “To work it and take care of it." The beginning of Genesis two talks about the seventh day of creation, the day of rest. God did bless us with rest, and it is an amazing gift from Him. He also created us to work and to tend to what He has given us. Doesn't it feel so much better to lay in bed and relax after a long hard day of work compared to a day full of laying on the couch?

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward”- Colossians 3.23

It does not matter what job, career, or schooling you are doing as long as Jesus is your motivation to do that work. If you find yourself in a constant cycle of overworking, procrastinating, or wanting to quit everything and having a “done” attitude.. It could just be that your eyes have shifted off of your Savior and onto something else.

Earlier I mentioned a lack of contentment. We start to have that attitude and outlook when we forget who we are working for, and why we are working. If you have a relationship with The Lord, set your eyes and your heart upon Him.

We are to work heartily as for the Lord, and not for men. Do not allow others or yourself to be your motivation. There is no magic formula or answer to prevent that from happening, but being consistent in your relationship with The Lord will help to adjust your vision and your focus. Spend some time alone with Jesus this week. Adjust your focus.

I love you all, and will be praying that this next week you will be focused on The Lord and blessed through it!

-Ellie Stephan