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Work: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result; a task to be undertaken; be engaged in order to achieve a purpose or result

When I hear the word “work,” it’s usually said in one of the following sentences:

I don’t want to go to work tomorrow.

But it’s so much work, I don’t know if it’s worth it.

I’ve been working so hard and I’m just tired.

So, a lot of times, “work” is seen in a negative light in regards to doing something we really don’t want to do.

But, as most people know, work is necessary.

If you want to make a living, you have to work.

If you want something, you usually have to work for it.

I’m sure you’ve heard people say something like, “If you want it bad enough you’ll be willing to work for it.”

Relating that to our walk with Christ this week, I’ll phrase it like this: Do you want more of God bad enough to work for it?

The definition of work (as seen above) explains that it requires effort to achieve a result, and it requires us to be engaged.

So many times, people say they want more of God, but they aren’t willing to put effort in to achieve these results.

They aren’t willing to change their habits. They aren’t willing to rearrange their schedules, stop certain actions, and do certain things.

They aren’t willing to put in the effort or engage God in their day-to-day lives.

So this week, I challenge you to work for that thing you want. Work for a deeper relationship with God. Put in the effort. Engage with God. 

When you make efforts to do this — when you work for it — you will realize that it’s not too much, but is actually, so, so worth it.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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