“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” -Proverbs 14:23

I posted this verse on my Instagram last week, because it’s an excellent reminder that working hard is not a bad thing!

It’s a God thing!

And yes……….. it’s completely contrary to what secular culture tells us, “Quit your job, travel, and seek happiness.”

Know that statements like these are just Satan’s way of constantly seeking to destroy biblical truth. Seriously, it’s complete deception. Don’t buy into it.

Now……am I against being happy? No!!  Traveling? No!! Finding a job you love? Absolutely not!! 

But I do think if happiness is all you strive to find, you will fail.

Work, by definition, is an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. And when done properly, can be very beneficial for your health! What you have to ask yourself is “how far is too far?”

If you are neglecting your family or losing sleep, that’s too far because it’s detrimental to your well-being.

Okay now let’s focus on the other half of society….

……those who talk a lot about what is going to happen or what their future plans are.

Hear me out, I understand the desire and the need for communicating your dreams to someone. BUT if “mere talk” replaces physically working….it’s not biblical. It’s just laziness and a strong sense of entitlement.

So HOW do we follow through?

I believe that following through is all about shifting your perspective and taking action through a pattern of discipline. 

Shift your perspective from “what can I gain from this job” to “how can I add value where I’m at.”

When you begin to see your line of work as a platform for honoring God, it can become quite fulfilling!!! Begin by displaying godly character traits instead of grumbling about meetings or gossiping about co-workers.

Now, today’s norm is to look for the perfect job! A nice set up with a cool boss and flexible hours – and those things are blessings – but they aren’t gong to satisfy you for long. Instead of daydreaming and thinking “how much do I lose by being here” ……..try following through with God’s calling by working hard where you are and you will profit in more ways than one.

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