Finding Joy in the Grind

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Yesterday was one of those days where I struggled to find joy in the everyday grind. I sat in my morning devotional time expressing to God how I was dreading the long day(s) of work ahead. I prayed for strength, joy, and a rekindled passion for what I do.

Now, no, I was not flooded with magical, instant energy and enthusiasm. In fact, in the midst of scraping “slime” off of a velvet bean bag chair (R.I.P.) (#middleschool) later that day, I thought to myself, “What am I doing here?” I was tired and stressed, but nevertheless, continued to press on.

As I reflect this morning, I came across 1 Corinthians 15:58 which reads,

“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

We often think pursing our passions, living our dreams, etc. means all of our work should feel energizing, motivating, and meaningful. The reality is we most likely are not going to enjoy every detail of our day-to-day work lives. That’s the “grind,” and what makes the meaningful moments so fulfilling.

In order to remain satisfied in the daily grind, we need to hold onto the perspective that 1 Corinthians 15:58 shares. Serving the Lord and fulfilling what He has called us to each day is not empty, useless activity – even if at times it feels like it (i.e. cleaning up slime). As we continue to walk in God’s plan for our lives, in both glamorous and unglamorous moments, every ounce of effort is invested into God’s overarching kingdom cause, the bigger picture we cannot always see or understand. There will come a day where the work that may feel meaningless will suddenly make sense. I’m holding onto that mindset, and finding joy in the grind today. ❤

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