When I was growing up, my dad had a phrase whenever he saw me getting overwhelmed with studies and homework, “Work hard, play hard!” He wanted to make sure I knew that life wasn’t all work and no play. I was to do the hard work and complete my responsibilities. But if I worked hard, I could soon enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Good advice. Years later, I find myself telling my daughter the same thing. The Bible also reminds us that there is a time for work and play. But these activities are not just for our benefit. They are to bring us into a richer and more complete understanding of who God is.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)
We do reap what we sow. If we work for our personal gain, we will reap within us an attitude of self-reliance and arrogance. But if we work for God’s glory, we will reap the eternal benefits of sweet fellowship with Him.
Work hard, play hard...but do it for God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.