Hard work is a mark of maturity. There is much to do and we must keep showing up to earn a living and provide for our families. But we’re only chasing the wind if we’re not doing work that matters.
Hard work is only part of the equation.
To be sure, we’ve neglected our responsibilities whenever laziness or complacency has become our way of life. We have missed the mark and our life and relationships suffer as a result. Like a wise farmer, we must work hard in order to reap the fruit of our labor.
At the same time, we must do the work that matters. Simply staying busy is not enough.
For instance, a farmer can stay busy all day polishing his equipment and counting seed, but none of this matters until he puts the seed into the ground. This is the work that matters – work that produces the desired results.
We work long hours and grow our savings. We acquire credentials and social status. But much of this is chasing the wind – pursuing things that have little to no value in the long run. More than what we do, what counts is our heart and the results of our efforts.
Do we work as if life is ultimately up to us? Or do we work hard while still trusting God will care for us?
And what is the fruit of all our hard work? Are we growing in love and generosity? Does our work truly bless others? Or does it bring isolation, strain, and heartache?
It’s okay to work hard in polishing equipment and counting seed. But this is only the first step. And it’s meaningless if at some point we don’t also put the seed into the ground.
Work hard without chasing the wind. Remember the work that matters.