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Sep
04

Why Bother?

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In the midst of all of the chaos of being a work-at-home mom – the business issues, the kids’ squabbles, the laundry (ugh!), I often find myself wondering why I bother.  Why do I push reading a bookmyself to write, to speak, to work at all? Why not just sit around and do as little as possible?

One reason, of course, is because we need the extra income. But somehow it’s deeper than that. Even when I try to take several days off in a row, I find myself actually WANTING to work. I find this strange, how about you? Do you find yourself thinking, planning, dreaming about how to improve and grow your business or job?

In his book, Work Matters, author Tom Nelson says that there is a very good reason that we may, in fact, enjoy work. (I know – crazy, right?) J. Nelson points out that from the very beginning of Scripture we see an active God, a God at work.

“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

Genesis 1:26-28

I love the thought that we are created in God’s image – our creative, active God who not only tells us to get to work, but who models the concept for us as well. In the Genesis account, God isn’t worried about Adam and Eve messing up His creation. In fact, God gives man dominion over the animals of the Earth.  He made humans the stewards of the Earth and in that same fashion we are also stewards of whatever work God has given us.

We sometimes think that NOT working would be more fulfilling, but the truth is that sloth and laziness will never make us happy – and it certainly doesn’t make God happy.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs 13:4, ESV

I had several days this past winter where all I really wanted to do was sit and read a book. While I can technically count this as work (see RadiantLit.com), it was actually me trying to escape doing some hard work that needed done. The first day I gave in and read all day. It was fun for a bit, but after a while the guilt set in. But, I was determined not to let the guilt stop me … so I kept reading.

The second day the emails were piling up and that “I got nothing accomplished yesterday and surely I should do SOMETHING today” feeling was begin to seep in. But, true to my statement above I was determined not to let the guilt stop me. So, I read and read and read.

Finally the reading became tedious and all I could think of was those emails waiting for me and the work that I was avoiding. “I’ll just work for an hour and then give myself another reading break,” I so craftily thought to myself.

You know how this ends. I sat down at my computer and worked for several hours. And I enjoyed it. The break was good for me, but it felt oh-so-good to get something REAL done!

So, if you’re:

* Wondering WHY in the world you do all you do …

* Feeling unmotivated …

* Lacking direction …

* Holding back from working toward your dream …

… it’s time to move forward confidently, believing that He created you to do GREAT things that will bring Him glory.

 

* Concept adapted from Work Matters by Tom Nelson.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jill Hart is the founder of Christian Work at Home Ministries (CWAHM). She is the author of Do Life Different and co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom and speaks to audiences about faith, business and leadership topics.

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