It has been noted that if one enjoys what they do, they won’t work a day in their life. What is work anyway? Whether we are talking about playing a round of golf or mowing the lawn, have we considered it is the very same muscles that are being used? Also, whether we are working a crossword puzzle or conducting business of some type, the same brain power is being utilized. So, why does what we call “work” seem to tire us more than what we might refer to as “play”? If the same muscles and brain power are put to use it must boil down to attitude and perspective. It would seem that if we could view “work” in the same way we view “play” it could be less wearing on ourselves.
Now, it also stands to reason that if that which is considered “play” seems to become too much “work” then the pleasure it was intended to provide will be lost. When we maintain a wholesome attitude toward both what might be labeled “work” or “play”, we can experience pleasure in both. It is when we think of it too much as “work” that we begin to struggle. Mark Twain is quoted as stating, “Work is not a concrete thing; it is a mental attitude. Nothing is either work or play but thinking makes it so.”
Looking at life in a general sense, Solomon stated. . .
“(24) There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, (25) for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 ESV)
Our relation to God and how we view our life to be lived for Him will make all the difference in whether or not we find pleasure in either our “work” or “play”. I often find myself spending hours in a variety of types of ministry. I love the diversity to which God has connected my life. Though the hours sometimes may be long, I find great pleasure and satisfaction in it. I have even at times been told, “It’s not fair. You get to do exactly what you want to do.” I thank God for the blessing He has provided.
Paul reminded those at Philippi. . .
“(13) for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 ESV)
May we continually find pleasure in allowing the works that please God to remain working in and through our life. To know we are living to His glory and praise — whether it be interaction with others through “work” or “play” — ought to bring us the greatest pleasure in life. Let us therefore maintain a mindset that makes it so!
Have a great day PROPERLY WORKING THE THINKING! – Carl Hanson
teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org