If I had to pick the number one lesson I learned from my human father it would be the value of a good days hard work. My father is a hard worker. He is far from a lazy man. There is something to be said about this for in America we have many people who are not the hardest of workers. Hard work was drilled into me from a young age. Plus I was always a very driven young girl. It did not take someone pushing me because I did a fine job of pushing myself. My gymnastics coach never had to push me rather she was in charge of pulling me back, saying enough is an enough and telling me to stop. For I would work myself into the ground.
Hard work is important. We should be hard workers. It is not good for anyone to be idle. When I was a child I worked hard out of fear. I did not want to get in trouble by my parents. Or I worked hard because I was driven and wanted to be successful. Or a work hard because I was competitive and did not want to loss to someone else. There were many reasons for me working hard. As I have aged I have come to realize my reasons for working hard were not the best, rather were a reflection of sins I harbored in my heart. For the reason I should be working hard is out of worship, praise and reverence to my Lord and King. I do not work for the money. I do not work for my competitive nature. I do not work for success. I do not work for fear. No I work for my Jesus.
When our motivation for working hard is not out of praise, worship and obedience to Jesus we may be building something but that something is being build on foundation of sand rather than a solid rock. When the tide comes in the sand will be washed away and so will all our hard work. But when we make our reason for working hard Jesus we build on a rock. The tide may come in but the house will not be washed away.
Hard work is important but more important is your reason for why you are working hard. Why do you work hard?
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13