Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Quote of the Week

"God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it.   The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we only had leisure.  It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures."

Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender




7 comments:

mark said...

perhaps a sometimes displeasure with work is due to a lack of experience of victory

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good thought. Does remind me of Ecclesiastes which teaches that we are to embrace all of life as a gift from God. To find pleasure in our work and in all else. And that when we do, it is a gift from God. (whilst we keep his commands, of course, the whole duty of humankind)

Every Square Inch said...

The ability to work is a gift - I never appreciated it until I had been out of work for 9 months - for various reasons

Every Square Inch said...

mark - I agree that we often find our greatest challenges in our work life...yet I've found that God is still at work in those circumstances

Craver Vii said...

Interesting, how certain chores will drain one person but invigorate another, don't you think?

Every Square Inch said...

Craver - that's so true...it's wonderful how God made us with different preferences, appropriate for different things he's called us to do

mark said...

ESI,

on top of that, what a blessing it is to be able to receive and be ministered to by the Lord through the other's abilities.