Today's Devotional Thought
August 13, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
What brings you happiness in life? Is it watching your children play when they don’t know anyone is watching? Is it reading a good book? Is it taking a stroll with your husband? Is it enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation with a good friend?
In today’s world, it is very easy to get caught up in everything that we have to do in life. Maintaining a household and a family is a lot of work. With the laundry and the homework (once school starts again) and the cleaning and the shopping and the cooking and the numerous other things that we, as women, keep up with, our days are pretty full. And then, if you work full or part time, then you add numerous other responsibilities and tasks to your day. It can be very easy to let each day slip away with the “to-do list.”
Being productive and accomplishing things each day is a necessary and rewarding part of each day. In fact, in Ecclesiastes 3, we are told to enjoy the good of all of our labor (v. 13). But, we must not spend each day merely accomplishing things. In fact, throughout Ecclesiastes, we are told that toiling and accumulating things really is meaningless in the end. While we can enjoy the results of our labor, it is not ever going to bring us complete and total joy and satisfaction in this life.
Toiling and working is a necessary part of life. But, it should not be all we do. I challenge you to enjoy the results of your labor today. If you have spent time cleaning your house today, then sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in your kitchen and enjoy the cleanliness around you. If you have finally completed a project that you have been working on, then sit back and admire it for a second. Don’t just move to the next task. And, most importantly, don’t fill your days with earthly tasks. Remember to take time each day to spend with the Lord. Even among the dirty laundry, dusty shelves, and kitchen sink full of dishes, sit down and read God’s Word. Additionally, I challenge you to spend time with your loved ones each day reading a book, taking a walk, watching a movie, or playing a game. The “to-do list” will still be there tomorrow.
Accomplishing things each day feels good and is necessary. But, please don’t forget to enjoy the results of your labor today. And even more importantly, don’t ignore the things that really bring you happiness each day as you are trying to finish that “to-do list.”