We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
Work. Labor. Endurance.
Nope. No siree. No thank you…These don’t sound very fun.
Produced by Faith. Prompted by Love. Inspired by Hope.
Hmmm… maybe I better rethink this.
I’ve been having the Whinies lately. Triggered by an irritating cold, lack of energy and drive, and any other excuse I want to include.
I’ve slumped into the “Woe is me’s” of bigger, deeper issues that have been my traveling companions in this life for way too long.
And frankly, I’m just a little tired of myself.
So I look at this Scripture and I see work. labor. endurance… and you might as well say death, destruction and dismay because sometimes – in the slumps – that’s all it feels like.
But then I see the tie in of Faith, Love and Hope and I realize, quite honestly, I’ve been acting a little like a soiled, entitled brat. And I hear the Spirit of God, like the prophet Nathan say,
“That man is you, Jane.You want all things good to include all things easy. You want Faith, Love, Hope… and you want them all right now. But like freedom: priceless gifts come at a cost – a price already paid by me. So labor, with me. Endure beside me. Hope in me. Walk these gifts out in respect, and bended-knee thanksgiving. I have not promised this journey will be easy, but I have promised it will include joy.
It is time to put on your big girl pants, little one… .”
Ouch. That hurts so good.
Yes, Lord. Yes