Rest and Work

We’ve seen the Proverbs 31 woman works very, very hard. She is not idle. Instead, she does her research, considers her options, invests wisely, and makes money from those investments. But it isn’t all work and no play for her. We see today she enjoys her profit and isn’t afraid to let her hair down a little.

Recently I’ve been meditating on the words of the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.” We are meant to have some rest, comfort, peace, and happiness in this life. We are n to called to be miserable all the time and labor in pain without enjoyment. I’ve often thought my consolation will come when I’m united with the Lord in heaven which is true, but not fully true. He wants us to have some comfort here on earth, too! Working hard and sacrificing for those we love are important aspects of the spiritual life while here on earth. But we also need to live a little and enjoy the fruits of that work.

The second part of this verse is about going into the late evening. The diligence of the Proverbs 31 woman is to be admired. She will keep working long after sunset. People who run their own business, love their work they do, and parents will all tell you how hard they work, and that work doesn’t end when dusk falls. At times, that’s when things get started. I think about the times I’ve babysat at night. Typically I’ll play with the children in the early evening then get them ready for bed. After books and snuggles, when the sun is down, I will work on my blog, homework, or whatever other task I have. My lamp isn’t extinguished at night because I may just beginning my work for the day.

Knowing when to relax and when to work is one of the most important thins we can learn during this precious time. So many of our peers are in a perpetual state of idleness, they only work to drink and party. As Proverbs 31 women, we know the value of having a good time with friends, but work is still a priority. It isn’t all fun and games all the time, though it does have its place. Balance is a huge challenge in life, we have to try to find and maintain life’s balance throughout various seasons of life.

  1. How do you have fun?
  2. What project can you devote more time to?
  3. How can you achieve a better balance in life?

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