According to the Oxford Dictionary delight means ‘great pleasure.’ Do you take great pleasure in all you do? Your ‘work’ is not only your job but every duty you have to do.
The Bible tells us it is good to take great pleasure in all our duties whether it is household chores, looking after children, or being in the office or classroom. Whatever your ‘work’ is, find great pleasure in doing it. Even in the most menial of tasks we can learn to find pleasure. It can make the difference between being in touch with God or not.
The moment we resent having to do something we develop a ‘chip on our shoulder.’ This brings a shadow over our spirits and affects our inner communion with God and happiness. It’s so easy to be careless over this issue because we are not doing anything deliberately wrong. We are not consciously sinning. It’s an inner attitude that can develop because we are tired, stressed or just have too much to do! However, if you’re not careful you develop a grumbling spirit and that can become a habit, something we return to whenever we are asked to do something. You find you begin to resent every little task that is asked of you.
The Bible says: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23 KJV
If we truly put this into practice we will find a huge difference in our spiritual lives. We begin to approach each new task, not with a negative point of view, but with a positive one. The old resentful, almost bitter feeling, will disappear and it will be replaced by a willingness because your focus will be on Him. Life will be worth living! Whether you’re returning to work after a long summer holiday or you never got a summer holiday it won’t make any difference for whatever you do, you do it for the Lord.
This inner attitude is the difference between being reliable and unreliable. It’s the difference between having a beautiful spirit or a negative temperament. If we want to stay close to God then we need to work on this.
“So I hated life … All of it is meaningless … I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.” (Ecclesiastes 2 v 17,18)
Imagine living life like this! How awful it would be to not find pleasure in anything. Most of us find pleasure in something, but it’s normally the things we want to do! Finding pleasure in the things we have to do is the key to a happy life, and the only way to find that is to do it:
“as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 NLT
May you find His help and happiness.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV