Saturday, August 20, 2016

Anything Worth Having Takes Work

Do you want a clean and tidy home? It takes hard work. It takes work to have well-disciplined children, nourishing and yummy meals, and a strong marriage. Everything that is worthwhile takes hard work and hard work provides a lasting reward in this life and the next.

Many in our nation has become quite lazy in the last several generation. Women would rather be on the Internet or watch TV than keep their homes clean and tidy. Many don't enjoy staying home with their children once they have them as it takes a lot of hard work to discipline and train them. Many decide to go out and get jobs, leaving their children to babysitters or daycare workers. I'd love it if they asked their children who they'd rather be raise by. They would all say their mamas.

It takes a lot of work to have strong, solid marriages. Most couples get married having a "get out of jail free" card in their back pocket, with divorce in case they want it. Throw the card away and make your marriage work out. Don't allow divorce to be in your vocabulary. If you are in a difficult marriage, find a godly, older woman to mentor you, be in the Word, read God-honoring blogs, books and articles. Fill you mind with Truth and then set yourself onto the hard work it takes to make your marriage great.

Marriage takes a lot of work, but even more so, a godly wife must set aside her natural inclination to get her needs met and instead go about meeting the needs and desires of others, especially her husband and children. This is the hardest thing for the newly wed wife to learn that she has given up self and take on a life of sacrificial love, just like her Savior did many years ago. Is this not the calling on all Christians' lives to empty ourselves of self and be filled back up with the servant life of Jesus? This is difficult, but after all, nothing that is rewarding in life comes without hard work and sacrifice.

Do you want to be happy in life and marriage? Then find the key in doing things God's ways and living out His values in your life. It is only when we joyfully accept our responsibilities head on without wavering or questioning that we find ourselves in love with what God says is most important for the here and now. This life of work and responsibility was intended to test our character and our faith so that we might be approved by God, "a workman who needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Responsibility is our ability to choose our response, and in this case our response to God's Word, His will, and His ways. Happiness comes when we fully accept who we are in Christ and begin to live out our responsibilities as His children whose desire is to please Him in everything we do and say.  What joy there is in doing His will with the right attitudes and motives, knowing that it is Jesus who is living in and through us each and every moment of the day.

Do not look out for your own interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which is also in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:4-5