Fortunately I get a certain amount of paid sick leave so can take occasional days off work and still be paid. This is a huge blessing, it also has made me aware of the even greater blessing that God has given me on an ongoing basis for over twenty years – the ability to work and earn my keep.
It is easy to think that it is my own strength that enables me to work and earn money, but while I have to do the work, it is God who gives me the power to work (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).
Knowing it is God who gives me the strength to work, and that it is His will for me to work and not burden others, is reassuring when I am feeling unwell and not up to a day’s work. It is certainly possible that I could someday become so unwell as to be unable to work, but this is only a cold and tomorrow I get to go back to work.
While all of us have days when work is a burden, the knowledge that God is blessing me with the ability to do work and through this means to provide for myself and my family makes even those days easier to endure.
…aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV)
In the end it is a blessing to be able to work, a way to serve on multiple levels.
Gifts I have noticed this week (#446 – #451):
446) Listening to The Myst of Eden: Hope by David Teems.
447) My 2-year-old son wanting a “cuggle” (cuddle).
448) Weekend holiday with friends.
449) Kids playing at the beach.
450) A hot shower and electric blanket when feverish with chills.
451) Breakfast lovingly prepared by my daughter.
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