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Hard work and rest

'Work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.' Colossians 3:23 NIV

Whether for our exams, our job or our relationships, hard work pays off. Sometimes we may start something with loads of energy and passion, only to become discouraged and stop working towards achieving what we set out to do. Maybe we don't see the progress we wanted, or maybe nobody recognises the hard work we're putting in.

But the Bible tells us: 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). When we think we're working for people, it's easy to become discouraged or not give it our all. But when we remember we're working for God, whatever our task is, it's easier to give it everything we have. But sometimes we can burn out. God's not asking us to work to the point where we become ill. Even if our projects or work are for really good causes, we need to take care of ourselves too. Even Jesus needed rest, and recognised we need rest too. He told the disciples: '"Let's get away from the crowds for a while and rest." For those who were coming and going were many, and they did not even have time to eat' (Mark 6:31 TLB).

So we need to make sure we're putting our all into whatever we do, but also resting so that we don't burn out.

So what now? Think through what you have to do today. Commit yourself to giving every task your all, and make sure you build in times of rest to your day too.

Soulfood: Gen 40-41 Jn 18:1-18 Ps 147:12-20 Ecc 4:9-12,

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