Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day and the Fruit

When I think of the word labor, I do think of myself bent over the computer keyboard, "penning" a novel or trying desperately to work through my atrocious typing skills. Or I consider the other labors I perform during the course of the day - cleaning, laundry, picking tomatoes, thinking up a nice dinner. At times our labors can seem tedious and without purpose, especially when we see little or no fruit. And with that I am reminded of several scriptures from the Amplified version of the Bible.

1 Corinthians 15: 58 - firm, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile (it is never wasted or to no purpose).

Jeremiah 31: 16 - ....for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord...

Luke 10: 7 - ...for the laborer is worthy of his wages...

As a writer, it can be a long road to seeing fruit from tireless labor. We can work days, weeks, months, even a year on a particular project but see no fruit. But even if we don't see it with our eyes, God sees it all. And He has His timing for bringing the labor we do to fruition. It may be a bumpy road without a destination in sight, obtaining the wages of one's hard work. But take heart. God is never early nor is He late with His payment for a job well done. He is always right on schedule with our paycheck and the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

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