Good morning sweet folk! It’s a beautiful, cool morning in my part of the world and I am so thankful to take a moment with you, enjoy a cup of coffee and talk about something very dear to my heart.
Last night I was laying in bed sniffling, because of my head cold, thinking how I wanted my various hobbies and responsibilities to be successful and bemoaning the fact that they were not at the level I wanted. (aka whining) I was frustrated with the lack of personal success I was seeing from my endeavors and quietly declaring defeat.
Then it hit me: work harder.
I have the habit of giving up if I see defeat in the horizon. I work hard, relax, let things go, and then cry a little cry when I don’t see the amount of fruit I expected. I impatiently run to projects which require great amounts of discipline and experience and then silently give up when it the reality of what I’ve began sinks in.
Hence the vast amount of unfinished knitting projects I’ve collected over the years. 😉
Over the year my gracious Heavenly Father has been instructing me to work hard. I’m at a place in life where I can confidently say that the responsibilities, hobbies and ventures I have are good, honorable pursuits God is using to further His kingdom. Success, though it may look different from my expectation, is in His hands — if I work hard.
Rest even harder.
[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]… For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister … We have an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast … even Jesus … [/pullquote]
When you’re called to an adventure work hard at it. Don’t give up when your expectation of success isn’t met or when the reality of the task sinks in.
While working hard rest even harder in the glorious, finished work of Jesus and in His continuing work in your life. As many times as I give up on a project I also forget to rest in the Lord’s unfailing love and work in my life.
When I anxiously look at a large task (thinking about abandoning ship) I begin to believe the lie that my worth is tied in with the amount of public recognition and service I can accomplish. It’s a lie that cripples dreams, disables faith and ultimately destroys the work God wants to do through you.
Today, I’m remembering two things: work hard and rest even harder.
What does that mean for me? To work hard at loving my people, labor in serving in my home and community, endeavor to keep my home diligently, strive to love students through library hour, purpose to let laziness and fear not keep me from writing and creating, put effort into relationships … what does it look like for you?
With alotta love, blessings, grit and coffee,
p.s: My friend Amelia wrote a beautiful, short piece about not letting other’s success equal your failure. Check it out — this definitely encouraged and inspired my heart and I’m sure it will yours too. <3