Book: Proverbs 12
“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.”
Working for a living is not an evil or unhealthy activity as it brings the results needed to supply the needs for you and your family. We were made to work. Right back in Genesis 2, after God had created Adam it says in verse 15, “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.” Adam was given a job to do and he had plenty of food to eat. He was commissioned to look after what God had created.
The second part of this proverb speaks of a person who instead of working chooses to look for other ways of using the bulk of their time. This is called “chasing fantasies” which doesn’t fulfill the need to be productive that provides value to themselves, their family and their community. For some they chase the fantasy of winning the lotto thinking this will bring them happiness since they won’t have to work. It would be better to put the cost of the lotto ticket money into a savings account or use it to help others. Since we were made to work and God has given each of us gifts to be used for others, it is impossible to experience true joy and happiness without working in some capacity.
Since the second world war a new fantasy our culture has created and encouraged people to focus on is retirement. Hear me out on this one. I am not saying people should not retire, but rather retirement should not be all about living a life of leisure. When we retire God does not all of a sudden change us and take away the need to work and use the gifts He has given us. If this was the case, why would He not just take us to heaven once we retired? I have seen many people who have worked their whole life so that they could retire from work only to find themselves unhappy once they have. They become irritable and complain about life and others.
On the other hand I have seen incredible examples of seniors who have, although retired, retreaded several times and even taken on new skills to continue to be productive. They work hard according to their physical and mental ability. Interesting enough, all of them focused on doing things for other people and were full of joy even amidst some physical challenges including constant pain.
Take a moment and consider your thought on work. Do you see it as being good, healthy and something God created you to do? Are their fantasies that you are chasing that need to be curtailed? Chasing fantasies is not relying on God and He will not honor it. They will not bring joy and happiness. Follow God’s perfect wisdom and enjoy doing what He calls you to do each day of your life.