We work all day only to crawl into bed thinking about the work still to be done. There’s always more to do. But there’s great wisdom in learning that’s enough for now and enjoying the accomplishments we’ve made today.
Of course we’re called to work hard. This is our burden and responsibility as we provide for our families and do our small part to bring more life and goodness into the world.
But many days working hard is not the problem. The problem comes when we’re constantly on and don’t know how to stop after a day of solid work.
And when we listen carefully we might discover insecurities and the fear of failure at the center of our motivations.
We tend to believe life depends on us and that we have to keep working in order to keep things from completely falling apart.
As such, we often wonder if we have what it takes and we fear letting others down – and so we keep pushing ourselves to do more and more.
Eventually we burn ourselves out and are more tempted to turn to one of our vices to at least have some relief and taste of life.
A better approach is learning the value of that’s enough for now.
It acknowledges there’s still more to do, but also that we’ve done enough for today. And with this we can enjoy the accomplishments of our work and rest well.
There’s trust here as we remember life does not ultimately depend on us. We fulfill our responsibilities while resting in God’s grace for our lives.
And practicing the wisdom of that’s enough for now reminds us of this grace.
Work hard to accomplish all God has called you to do. And remember occasionally – that’s enough for now.
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