We are all familiar with the slogan “hard work pays off”. I certainly am. Perhaps it is a byproduct of growing up watching American TV shows and their depiction of families in pursuit of the American Dream; the idea that if you work hard enough, you can have anything you want. Assimilating this message in my childhood, I worked hard to impress my parents, teachers, hockey teammates and of course… girls. In my high-school and university years, hard work allowed me to excel in my schoolwork, earn scholarship money and eventually get a good job. Lately, with the responsibilities of fatherhood only days away, I’ve found myself working hard in an attempt to provide a life of prosperity for my growing family. Hard work seems to have followed me (and it is probably why I’m still working on this blog post at 12:30am).
I think it safe to say that having a strong work ethic is considered a good attribute to have. At the same time, most of us probably desire a prosperous life for ourselves and for our families. Lots of us are even willing to put in the effort to attain it. In fact, those who do are generally esteemed within our society. But is working hard to gain a life of prosperity how God wants us to spend our time and energy? It is a question I have been thinking about quite a bit lately. Continue reading