Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
After an extra long day at work, I roll into the drive way at home much too late for dinner, with not enough light out to enjoy my evening run, way too tired to clean the bathrooms and feeling hard pressed to drum up the desire to write the next day’s devotion. I know I have little to complain about. I’m blessed to have a nice home, a loving husband, kids who are old enough care for themselves, and a sloppy big dog to greet me every day. But I get to spend such little time enjoying these blessings. It can be discouraging to say the least. What good is all of this striving if I enjoy none of its fruits? All the stuff I accumulate will not last! All the cosmetics and facial creams won’t keep me from getting old! All the outfits hanging in my closet will be out dated in less than a season! “Vanity! It’s all vanity!”
If I let my heart camp out by the fire of disdain I will miss out on the blessings right before me. More than just the physical blessings, but the spiritual, the eternal, all lay up in the heavenly realm. The work I do has much farther implications than just the roof over my head or the clothes in my closet. Working hard blesses my family; it is a means to support missionaries and other ministries. The fruit of my hands builds and brings God glory and to Him the first fruits belong. If my heart is not set upon the corruptible but the incorruptible than my work is not in vain. At the end of my days I will be able to say, like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7)
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.