I trust you've all had a good week; most people had an extra day off work due to Labor Day here in the States. My husband had to work (one of his busiest days of the year) so we began our homeschool Monday. Ugh. It was like pulling teeth just to get those kids to do their lessons. They had spent the majority of the summer playing around and just did not care to study whatsoever.
Work is not fun most of the time, but it is a necessary part of our lives. People were created to work. Even Adam worked - he tended the Garden of Eden and named the animals and creatures. At that time (before sin entered the world), work was fun and easy. After he ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, a sin because God had specifically stated not to, (Genesis 3), Adam no longer found work to be a joy. The ground produced thorns and thistles and the animals were no longer his friends.
This whole thing about work is such an eye-opener for me. When I get tangled up in sin, no matter the size or severity of the sin (for sin is sin), every day activities and "work" become difficult and tedious. I find no joy in them.
This week I'm thankful for work. I praise the Lord that I am able to work - to cook, clean house, wash laundry, garden and put up produce for the winter, and teach my children the three R's (and more). I thank Him that I can still type and think up stories and I thank Him that people actually want to read that which I write.
God is good. For what have you thanked Him for this week?