Hard work

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Photo credit: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Coming off a grueling week of work, I’ve been dwelling on the amount of time and effort that goes into our jobs.  It’s hard work for most of us, whether our professions demand mental or physical energy–or both.

What’s the true value of our work in God’s eyes?  How can we honor Him with our hard work? 

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes notes:

“As I continued musing over all I had accomplished and the hard work it took, I concluded that all this, too, was fleeting, like trying to embrace the wind. Is there any real gain by all our hard work under the sun?”  Ecclesiastes 2: 11

I think there is, but it has to be balanced with rest, recreation, and replenishment.   Let not the first part of Psalm 127: 2 be said of us:

“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those He loves.”

Happy Sunday! I’m joining Deidra Riggs over at The Sunday Community. Come on over and visit!


  1. A beautiful reminder as we prepare for another work week. I’m thankful for a job that allows much time for rest and replenishment. Blessings to you on this Sunday, Alison.
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  2. Hi Alison, Thanks for such a nice blog and the interface is so nice. I believe, Hard work is the key to success. Came to your blog through #SITSBlogging and will return again. Wish you good luck in everything you do.

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    • Hi Navratri, and welcome to Embrace the Struggle! Thanks for the kind wishes. Hard work definitely is one of the keys to success; you are absolutely right. I will be visiting your blog shortly. Take care, Alison

  3. And He promises that sleep would be sweet. Heeding the call for restoration today Alison! Thanks.

  4. Thanks for this reminder as we start a new work week. Have a blessed week ahead, Allison!

  5. All we can do, day-by-day, is rely upon and trust Him and do whatever HE lays on us, not trusting everyone else that can try to drag us the wrong direction. I really TRY to focus on Him first. LOVE the photo, BTW. Really neat!
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    • Trust and obey, Joanne. That just about sums it up. And yes, the picture is really neat! The minute I saw it I knew it would be ideal for the post.
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  6. This is very much needed today! I’m in the middle of a large event that does not end until Tuesday and somehow me and one other guy have managed to make this whole thing happen. And it’s not even our thing. I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed until my family came over and my daughter helped me out. Sometimes just one little word is all you need to realize where the true priorities are.
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  7. Amen, Carla. Encouragement, and the care of loved ones, can make a huge difference when we are overwhelmed. God is indeed faithful!
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  8. a million thanks for this timely post. It’s almost midnight on Monday and I’ve been up since 5:50am and I’m tired and have been putting in these types of hours for awhile now.. the reminder to relax and replenish was so necessary for me to hear today. thank you and good night.
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    • Gotta get that rest in, Cassandre. I’ve been pulling some long hours for the last week, too, and it’s telling on me. My eyes are closing even as we speak (write!). Here’s to a more restful week for us both.

  9. I don’t observe the Sabbath like many Jews do, but I certainly see the merits of taking a day to rest and reflect. It’s something I definitely should do more often!
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  10. This is so true! I think we have been able to finally see how perfect our Creator is that He already knew what we would need when He created the Sabbath. Before we observed it, we didn’t really think that much of it, but in reading scripture to understand what it truly is, which is a day of rest for man, it has been such a needed time for us all in my home. I see it is for many in the world, too. 🙂
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  11. You’re right, Brittnei. I, too, am trying to carve out a day that is not filled with catching up and running errands and blog stuff. That way I can return to work on Monday refreshed and replenished. A Sabbath is truly mandatory for our well-being!
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  12. A beautiful reminder that Alison that work and rest both have their place in our lives. Have a wonderful weekend.
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    • Hi Wanda! They both have their place, indeed. We tend to go to extremes, however. There’s a lot to be said for balance. I know I definitely need some balance!

  13. This really puts things in perspective for me! I needed to read this today. Thank you so much for sharing this reminder, Alison 🙂
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