'Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.' Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV
The Bible says: 'Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might' (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV). It also says: 'Whatever you do, work heartily' (Colossians 3:23 ESV). That seems like great advice for when we're fully on board and passionate about our work or studies - it's easy to put all our effort into it. But what happens when what we're doing now seems insignificant and unrewarding?
We have to have future focus - to see beyond what we can see right now and have faith that the 'now' will be useful in the future. Our 'now' could be a stepping-stone for something God wants to do through us later. Maybe we need these experiences and moments to grow us and prepare us for what God has in store for us. 'God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him' (Philippians 2:13 NCV). If we only ever do what we feel like doing or enjoy doing, we may overlook relationships and undervalue experiences essential to our future.
If we're not enjoying what we're doing 'now' we need to ask God to give us future focus. We need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight (see 2 Corinthians 5:7). Our today is connected to our tomorrow, so it seems like wisdom to maximise each opportunity and relationship that comes our way.
So what now? Think back to a seemingly insignificant moment in your life that prepared you for the place you're in now. Thank God for those moments.
Soulfood: Gen 14:18-24, Ps 110, Heb 5:5-10