We Were Meant to Work: Five Minute Friday

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I usually think of work as a synonym for hard or drudgery. But that isn’t really fair. Last Sunday our pastor reminded us that even before the fall, humans had work to do. Even in paradise, we were being challenged and had to expend effort. He believes that heaven will also contain the ability to continue to grow, develop and work.

 

Often, if I’m honest, I don’t want to work. I want things to come more easily.  I want the words to flow more easily, the children to play happily, the chores and daily routine to go smoothly (if chores must be done at all).  But that is rarely how things go.

 

Yet, i want to teach my kids that hard work is worthwhile. I don’t want them to look for the easy way out or the shortcut. Most of the best things in life will require work. My marriage doesn’t thrive on happy thoughts, nor does my house hold run on wishes. Sometimes, you just have to accept that hard isn’t bad. It’s just the nature of our world. In fact, things that come easily are often undervalued. It is the things we fight hard for that we could dear, because we recognize how much they have cost us.

 

What does it cost me to be the mother, wife and friend that I want to be? It is some of the hardest work I will ever do, but I want to believe that I will truly find it worth it in the end.

 

My kids learned an excerpt from a longer poem by M.A. Stoddard called One Thing at a Time. The excerpt is entitled Work.

Work

Work while you work,
Play while you play;
This is the way
—To be happy each day.

All that you do,
—Do with your might;
Things done by halves
—Are never done right.

 

I sometimes have to remind myself the truth of this poem as well.

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Unexpected Blessing When Needed Most

It’s amazing how sometimes your needs get met before you even have time to worry too much about them. I’ve been worrying about various financial concerns lately. Mostly regarding our finances after the new baby arrives in March. One worry was how we were going to afford to cloth two children on our very limited budget. Since we are having a boy this time around, our use of hand-me-downs will be rather limited. We were barely able to get through this year and keep our daughter clothed. But then this week I received an email from a casual friend offering me several bags of boys clothing, most brand name and in good condition.

My other major concern has been how we are going to pay our various medical bills associated with the delivery of our son. We have some money in savings but since we don’t know exactly how many days I will be in the hospital, we don’t yet know how much the bill will be. I recently received a phone call from my boss asking if I could work a few more days a month in the office and increase my at home responsibilities because their current full time assistant has given her two weeks notice. (This is the fourth time this has happened since 2009 when I left to have my daughter). I thought I was walking away from this job almost three years ago, and every time I feel like I’m transitioning out, something changes and I find myself with more work. I can’t complain, while this is not an ideal time to be increasing my work responsibilities.  This is the financial provision I was looking for, just not the source I was expecting.