In all toil there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. --Proverbs 14:23
It’s not work that is so difficult. What’s difficult is staying motivated to do the work we’ve been given to do. Just consider the hours spent during our workday playing solitaire on the computer, or surfing the Internet, or texting and talking on the telephone. Or think of the hours outside of work spent in mindless viewing of television, reading and re-reading email, shopping online. It can be difficult to sustain our enthusiasm for work when we feel overloaded by expectations, or when we are bored or uninterested in the work we have, or when our work does not seem to make a difference in people's lives, or when it is not aligned with the charged passion that lies silently within. When we lose our motivation, our enthusiasm, and our excitement, our lives begin to feel cracked and dry, like a piece of worn leather desperately in need of moisture to restore its suppleness. We slip into a state of poverty, no longer realizing the inner revenue of joy that comes from meaningful labor.
But there can come a moment when instead of just continuing to waste our time unproductively, we choose to honestly look at the reasons for our apathy and malaise. In that moment of honesty, we have the chance to make a new choice – a choice that can fill our lives with the passion that feels so distant. Give yourself that moment of honesty.
O God, when my purpose seems distant and lost, illumine me with the uniqueness of my offering to the enterprise of life.
These meditations first appeared at explorefaith.org
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