Work is very important to our lives. I teach my kids that their work could be walking the dog, sweeping the floor, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, doing homework, or cleaning their rooms. Whatever work we do, we ought to do it heartily. And when we do that, our work is fruitful.
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Whatever may be our task, we can work at it heartily, from our soul. And in our work, we can do something not just for others, but for our own spirit (God's presence within us). We can work for money, material possession, or praise from others. Certainly. However, the real reward from our work comes from the spirit (Colossians 3:23-24).
How can this be?
To work heartily means to use an intensive force, with all the powers of your being. The Buddha said that our work is to discover our work and then with all our heart to give ourselves to it. That's pretty good. When we work heartily, we are using our bodies, our minds, soul, and spirit. We intuitively understand, subjectively, without effort, that we have spirit within us. And that spirit is something like a heavenly inheritance that we've received from God (Ephesians 1:13-14). Spirit is a gift, like a reward. And we keep that spiritual gift within our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22) like a treasure.
So, let’s recap. Whatever work we do, we do it heartily (with intensive force and all the powers of our being), knowing that we have received the reward of our inheritance, which is a gift of spirit in our hearts.
Consider this. Let’s say I tell my kid to pick up her room before she goes to a friend’s house. She runs to her room, throws her toys into her closet, stuffs her clothes into a drawer, and runs out the door. Would you say she put your whole heart into this task? No.
Now, consider the same situation, but let's imagine that she takes a couple of extra minutes to straighten each area of her room. She puts her toys back where they belong and folds her laundry decently and in order. Her room would be more of a blessing to walk into. Sure. This would be good example to teach children how to work heartily.
The downloadable document was used for our family fellowship for the kids to color.
For Us Adults
For us adults, we work heartily in everything we do. Why? Because we have inherited from God our reward, a gift of holy spirit, the presence of God within ourselves. Inheritance means having a right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth. When we are born again (or when we realize and believe to connect with the universe), we inherit from God a right/privilege to live with holy spirit in our hearts. What an incredible gift!
Rudolf Steiner said that the strength of humankind was planted by God in his soul so that he could, with all his might, love to work and learn. Remember. Because God is spirit (not an old man with an gray beard), God's gift is spirit. We have the gift of holy spirit in our hearts. And when we work, we do it heartily, with all that intensive force and power in our being. Cool stuff, eh?
But where's the fruit?
Galatians 5:22 says that when we work, with this knowledge of having spirit within our hearts, then we are fruitful. Fruit comes from knowing, being aware of, and walking in spirit. The fruit of spirit, the work that God’s presence within you accomplishes, is:
This is the work that God's presence within you, your spirit, accomplishes.
Whatever we do, we do it heartily, because God’s presence within us brings forth fruit, such as love, joy, and peace. We bring forth fruit in every good work we do, as we steadily grow in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:9-12). The more we grow, learn, become mindful of God (the universe, our Source, the unlimited power that surrounds us), the more fruit is produced in every good work that we do. As we renew our minds upon that which God has provided to us (Romans 12:2), the more we intuitively understand how powerful our spirit is in relation to the work we do. Our work, when brought forth from the spirit, produces fruit, which actually is the manifested presence of God's love in the renewed mind.
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Hercules, King Augeas, and Working Smartly
There's a story I've told to my kids a few times. It's the one about Hercules cleaning the dirty cattle barns of King Augeas. Hercules asked the king that if he could clean the incredibly messy cattle barns (which held 300,000 cattle) in one day, would the king give Hercules 30,000 cattle in return for his work. The king agreed, because he knew it would be impossible for a man to shovel the 3-feet thick layer of manure that covered the floor of his enormous barn. Hercules was smart about his work though. Let's say he was inspired. Instead of shoveling the barn, he dug a trench from the nearby strong stream and directed the flowing water toward one end of the barn. The water flowed through the barn, washed everything away, and the barn was cleaned in less than one day. Hercules worked heartily. And smartly.
In conclusion, our work may not include cleaning a messy cattle barn, but whatever work we do (from cleaning our rooms to working at the office), it can be done heartily. When we work heartily, we put all of our being into it, knowing that we have inherited a holy spirit, which brings forth fruit, such as love, joy, and peace. I encourage you to work heartily in whatsoever you do, and grow in the knowledge of God.
The following downloadable crossword puzzle was used in our family fellowship to help us remember the teaching topics in a fun way.
If you're waiting for a completion of anything in life - stop. It never ends.
For men, the game goes on an on, and there's no final ending. Life is in infinite overtime. Many men think that one day it'll all come together, and it'll all be done. And that you'll have achieved your goal, and then, and only then, will you be able to do what you really want to do. Men think that if they work hard enough, or long enough, then one day they'll get to rest and really enjoy life.
Or, you might be thinking, "One day, she'll come around and understand me, and then we'll have that happy life together that I've been working so hard for."
Or, maybe you're thinking that what you're doing now is very hard work and is absolutely necessary -- so that later, you can do what you really want to do in life.
The mental error that most men make is to think that eventually it will all be different, better, the way it is supposed to be.
Well, it won't. There's no end. It never stops. It's never going to stop, so stop waiting for the good stuff.
As long as you live and breathe, life goes on. Just like a ticking time clock. It keeps going.
The real challenge is to change your mind to thinking that the present moment is the most important. It's not the future. The challenge is to work, play, and make love in the present moment, and give your unique gift to the world and everyone around you. Now.
Don't wait. Don't work only for a better future. Don't work only for retirement. Don't strive only to see the final ending. Don't think only of what's ahead. Life is now. Don't let 10 years pass you by, while you were working and thinking only for the future. Your work is never going to stop. Your life is going to be challenging all the way to the end. Stop waiting for the good stuff. The good stuff is now.
It's been written that a man will live his life by the sweat on his face. And it doesn't stop until he returns to the ground from which he was made, because men are dust, and to dust they'll return.
Kinda harsh, but true.
I bet that you're waiting for one day when you'll be able to do what you really want to do, when your finances are better. Maybe you're waiting until your present obligations end. Or, maybe you're waiting for the kids to get out of the house. You're waiting for the right moment, just the right time, to do what you really want to do.
Don't wait. Don't wait any longer. Don't make the mental error that one day, it'll all be different.
Men, do what you'd love to do, what you are waiting to do, what you were born to do. And do it now. Now.
A man should be physically strong. A man has strength, endurance and temperance of steel. A man is willing to assume masculine burdens. I read that a man earns his bread by the sweat of his face. He is proud when his masculine duties are fulfilled. He delights in opportunities to serve, particularly when there are great physical demands, and shoulders this obligation, and has fun doing it.
My wife asked me to build a small raised garden in the back. I did. 2x12s and a lot of bags of top soil, compost and dirt.
I carried the dirt (shouldered them) from the driveway, through the house to the back yard. 2.5 cubic yards. 100 feet. About 45 minutes. Done quickly. Done well.
As a man does his tasks well, his woman is free to do her best at her duties, all the while assured of a strong man.
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