You Don’t Have to Work
Work. Hard Work. That’s how you get ahead — that’s how you create change in your life. That’s how you get to where you want to be. Stop whining, stop complaining, and start doing. That’s when things change. That’s my philosophy, at least — so why would I title this post “You Don’t Have to Work”?
It’s hard for me to sit around and do nothing to work towards a goal. I’m a planner and a do-er. As soon as I know something may be a possibility, I start planning. The wheels in my head start turning. So to accept that I can just sit back and receive something, especially something that feels like I should have to work hard for it, is really tough.
Everybody makes mistakes in life, and you end up making a lot of apologies. Sure, you’re a pretty good person. You don’t steal, kill, or hurt little kids. But you still end up screwing up. Have you ever lost your temper? Told a lie… even just a little white lie when you were a kid yourself?
All of those things add up, and we make our apologies, but we still feel guilty.
We keep trying to improve ourselves… or at least stick to our beliefs that we’re good people. In the end, though, we’re all human
So it’s hard… it’s really hard for me, and maybe it’s hard for you. To think of all that I “have to do” to get to where I want to be and who I want to be. I have a lot of aspirations for my business and I want so much for my family. I sometimes feel like the weight of the whole world rests on my shoulders — and that I have to manage it all.
I’m eternally grateful, however, that there’s one thing I don’t need to work on. Somebody already paid the price for me, and gave me freedom I didn’t earn (and I don’t deserve).
I have to run my business, and I have to run my household. I have apologies I have to make to my husband, my kids, and even to customers from time to time… But I don’t have to worry about the guilt of mounting mistakes. I don’t have to worry about working myself to the bone every day to be “a good person.” It’s not my hard work that’s cleaning all of that rough stuff away from me. It’s not my community service that washes away my record.
I say a lot of prayers throughout the year — for my business, for my family, for other concerns I have. But I don’t often say anything in a really public way here on my blog.
Maybe it’s the fact that many will celebrate the death and resurrection of my Lord Jesus Christ this weekend. Maybe it’s because I’ve listened to some excellent preaching out of the book of Hebrews the past few Sundays. Maybe it’s just because the past few years have shown me just how much I can screw up, and the dark depths of my own thoughts.
I don’t know exactly why, but today I just want to say that I’m thankful for the blood that the Lord Jesus Christ poured out before God within the temple of the third heaven — blood that paid the price for me. I am so thankful that at least in this, of most eternal importance, I can take a gift freely given. I’m so grateful it’s infinite and eternal.
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