Minute Message September 7

Sep 7, 2017Tom Ellsworth

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It has been wisely said, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter”.  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian church with a minute message.

For many, Labor Day is simply the last of the summer holidays, but its meaning is much richer.  Labor Day celebrates the value and dignity of work.  Given the hours we invest, our jobs consume nearly a third of our lives during our working careers.  Some believe that God created work as a punishment for us but nothing could be farther from the truth. 

The capacity to work, think, create, invent, solve problems, engineer solutions and provide for our families is a gift.  Remember, the Bible shuns laziness; Proverbs reminds us, “…the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.” 

However, if we aren’t careful, work will consume us and that’s when we neglect the truly important areas of life: marriage, family, personal health and spiritual growth.  Don’t surrender to the enemy of an unbalanced focus on work.

Jesus lived a busy life but never lost his focus.  He worked hard, but was always balanced.  Follow his example as you work – stay balanced and you’ll succeed at something that really matters.