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Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekly Snippet: Plow Your Own Field

"Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense," (Proverbs 12: 11 NIV 2011).
I have to admit that today, I don't feel strong enough to do the work that needs to be done in my life.  If each day is like plowing a furrow on a field, today's was full of rocks.  Tomorrow looks just as promising.  Just the same, I see that God didn't design my life to always be ideal and easy.  Sometimes life is hard, cruel, unrewarding.  There are seasons in life when it seems trouble is as unrelenting as the summer sun.

Last night I found the verse I put at the beginning of this post, and it was an encouragement to me.  It spoke to me that just because life is tough, we don't have to believe that our labor today is useless, or that reward never comes.  It also encourages me to do my work, make my plans, and fulfill my obligations as if nothing will ever get better, rather than cry for things that may not ever be--like the perfect, easy life.

My motto for today is, "When there is nothing else you can do, do what is in front of you."  God made today, and He arranged it this way for a reason.  Hard or easy, today is a lesson.  May I learn my lessons and be diligent in my work, so in time, I can be satisfied with the abundance my Heavenly Father gave me as a reward.

"A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied," (Proverbs 13:4 NIV 2011)