Recently I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful day with a dear friend and we spent our time walking through beautiful plush green gardens, enjoying a delightful lunch and then culminating in the afternoon, sitting under a tree and talking.
We both have many things going on in our lives, and this precious time together was not only long, but was the answer to an unspoken prayer. I was forced to relax and take care of the world for just a while while enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.
During our time, my friend and I shared what was going on in our lives and where we hoped to go next. One of the memorable statements she shared with me was, when you get on your knees (in prayer), roll up your sleeves (and get to work).
When I heard that, it reminded me of something my grandmother used to say when I was a girl, pray as if it depends on God and work as if it depends on you.
The last few years have been kind of blurry. We went through several different seasons in such a short period of time. There were ups and downs like never before and sometimes we didn’t know what the next day would bring.
When life throws us such crooked balls, it is important for us to calm down, be still and get on our knees. Once we receive instructions and guidance, we must put what we have learned into action by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.
What is interesting most of the time is what is revealed to us, what we already knew, but for some reason we get stuck. Clarity is such a gift. It is also interesting how the harder and smarter we work, the more successful we tend to be.
If we are open, God will lead our steps, but it is up to us to get the job done. The key is that we really need to want something bad enough not to settle for mediocrity in our lives. Success requires work.
I was told that easy-to-achieve things are valued lightly. When you get on your knees and roll up your sleeves, there is nothing that you and God cannot accomplish together. Hard work not only pays off, but also builds character.
Hard work is good not only for your financial health, but also for your soul. It makes you feel good about yourself. Our soul feels at peace when we win something with our own efforts.
So many have fallen into the dangerous mindset of expecting recognition and rewards without doing a job. Having a microwave mentality, expecting everything immediately, including satisfaction and success, has a short shelf life.
So many of them receive rewards without doing a real job and this causes confusion. Make no mistake, hard work requires discipline, and discipline will help you get the job you need to accomplish your goal.
When you feel anxious and unsure of which direction to turn, look up, because God is always with us in good times and bad, and He knows exactly what we need and when we need it.
Clarity will come our way when we get on our knees, calm our spirits, listen, then get up and roll up our sleeves and get to work. If you are still a little stunned and need a little help, don’t be afraid to contact someone and let them know. After all, we are not alone in this journey called life.
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