Enjoy Your Work
Enjoy your work.
My previous ‘Blessings’ speaks about ‘Enjoy your marriage.’ Today I would like to encourage everyone to enjoy his/her work as though it is your last day to retirement. Am I dreaming?
Eccl. 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. “(NKJV)
Whatever you do, do well, for in death, where you are going, there is no working or planning, or knowing, or understanding.* (TLB) Do you enjoy where you work? Someone has said that if you consistently work after your training or schooling until you retire, most probably you will have worked between 50,000 to 60,000 hours. If you are not happy, maybe you should consider those 50,000 to 60,000 hours of boredom and unhappy work and stress in your life.
Do you think you are still in your right mind by the time you are about to retire? I hope you are still in the right frame of mind when you retire. Stress can affect our mind and memory. Otherwise you and your family will not enjoy your retirement. Undoubtedly, your poor attitude toward work will create that kind of environment, not only while you are working, but even after retirement. Honestly my ‘sort of retirement’ is enjoyable and meaningful. I retired from teaching 11 years ago, but what I am doing now? Pastoring, preaching, teaching God’s Word etc.- this is extremely enjoyable.
So what do you do? Solomon says enjoy your work. If you are not happy there are two things you need to change: a) pray that God will change you job. But if not…. b.) pray that God will change your attitude to your present job.
Whatever you do, do well, for in death there is no more planning, wisdom and working. You might as well seize the day. Enjoy it as though it is your last day at work. Forget all the papers on the table, they will still be there tomorrow.
When you wake up in the morning what do you say, “Thank you Lord for another day in serving you, and make me fruitful today for your glory. You have given me the gift and skills let me use it for your glory.”
If you have that kind of thinking, it will add years to your life and life to your years. Furthermore, as the Lord wills, it may bring you success and perhaps promotions, better salary and above all- bring glory to God.
Psalm 37:25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Therefore always look up, stay focused to God. There is hope. Don’t worry how long you live, but how well you live for God’s glory.
Enjoy the blessings God has given you food, drinks, family, friends, etc. and keep yourself busy with the joy in your heart. Also, enjoy your life with your sweetheart, the wife of your youth. Your wife can keep you younger (vice versa). He or she is God’s treasure to you to love, serve and to be served. Enjoy life as though this is your retirement day or Christ may come today… anytime.
Let us celebrate life. Enjoyment will add years to your life, and life to your years. All by grace and grace alone!