Happy Hearts

A happy heart is something every human struggles with. Whether you’re a nonbeliever or you are, some days can just be rough. In 1 Peter 5:4 it says,

And when the chief Shepard appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

If all of our hard work is going to pay off and we’ll have an unfading crown of glory, why should we not do our work with a happy heart? Or even if we’re working for someone who’s done us wrong and we don’t want to give quality work, we have to keep in mind that we aren’t working for that person, we’re working for Him. You wouldn’t give sloppy work to the King of all kings, so why give it to another person when we’re called to show the love of Christ.

Ephesians 6:6-8 says,

Don’t work only while being watched in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.

We’ve all heard to be trustworthy is to be doing good when no one is watching, but I know I’ve been guilty of shrugging it off thinking, ‘oh well, adults don’t really mean that.’ Now that I’ve read it in my Bible, the Holy Spirit has certainly convicted me of a childish way. My heart now wants to praise Him while I’m doing tough work. A rough day is difficult to get through, but we will receive back from the Lord joy and peace and all the hard work will pay off.

Going into this week, I’m excited for trying to have a mentality where I always give my best work and do everything with a happy heart. I have the joy of Jesus inside of me, why should I keep it to myself?

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