Harvesting the Rewards of Hard Work

IMG_2799I spent my evening with my dad in the combine. We had a great talk about hard work. What it means, where it gets a person, and why we do it.

There is a lot going on in this country to make everyone talk about hard work right now. Obamacare, disability, Medicaid, and how hardworking taxpayers appear to be paying for those who are working the system or aren’t working at all. People who come into privileged families versus those who have to earn a living just to stay in the middle class. The folks who grow the food for the ones who may sometimes take it for granted at the grocery store. The list goes on. I don’t, and probably never will, understand the reasons behind the way these things work out.

My dad is a hardworking man. Scratch that. He is one of the hardest working men I’ve ever known in my life. And he, like many farmers, seems to have continuous bad luck with things breaking down, cows getting out, losing his cell phone in the corn field, etc. But he continue to work hard, even if the reward seems to be missing. Why? He’d never say this about himself, but I know why…

Work for the LordBecause he doesn’t work for those people he might compare himself to or worries about. First and foremost, he works for the Lord (see Colossians verse to the left). He works to build something for his family and legacy. He works to teach his family how to create something they can be proud of. And he works to put food on the tables of families like his.

I’ll admit, sometimes it’s hard to see peers not worry about where they’ll work or what they’ll do with their time if they don’t work, because they don’t have to. But at the end of the day, at the end of our days, when the sun sets on the field, or on our lives, I wouldn’t trade the hard work and challenges, and the rewards I gain from pouring my all-I’ve-got into what I do.

I know that, in today’s diverse world, those who work hard will rise to the top in the workplace and throughout their lives. And while sometimes hard work may  not always come with immediate rewards, that hard work will help us rise to the top when it matters most, when we look back on our lives and say “yes, I did accomplish all of that, with God’s help, and in God’s name.”

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One thought on “Harvesting the Rewards of Hard Work

  1. I feel that I can fully relate to this post; my dad is the same way. I am very thankful for the way I was raised. His number one goal was to teach my siblings and I what hard work was and the rewards that come with it. I think this life lesson is the most important thing anyone can teach their kids. I am also thankful that I was raised up in a farming family. I believe you can agree with me when I say that farming can teach you a number of life lessons.

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