If that question was presented to you, what would your answer be?
Would you answer it was because of your pride and your fear of failure? Well, some people did work hard because they pursued wealth, good reputation for their pride. Believe me, I was part of this group. Therefore, there was no room for failure. In order to achieve it, they must work hard and harder. It’s a good perception, I think, but it was also vulnerable. What if suddenly you lost your aim, or your reputation broke, or you did a big mistake that ruined everything you had achieved? Maybe it was happened on the people who committed suicide.
Maybe you had other answer. Maybe you work hard because you pursued the blessing of God. I had some friends that did much work in order to get blessing. They thought the harder they work, the more God would bless them. However, what if God didn’t bless you even you did your best. I knew some good people who lived a godly life but had accidents in their life. There was an honest man who never cheated and always worked diligently, but one day, he got an incurable disease. I knew some women who were hard worker and helpful but lost their husband and be widows in their youth.
However, they did not stop doing their daily job, because they did it not for themselves. To work was a human being’s nature. It was not because we wanted to achieve something, instead we worked because we were alive. We worked because we wanted to do something for ourselves and others. If we did it merely only for ourselves, we would get exhausted and gave up when we didn’t get what we wanted. But we didn’t worked blindly because there were something that we couldn’t change or get in this life. For example, there were some people who wanted to be a president and they worked hard in order to achieve it, but in the end we knew that they never be. What if we faced that situation?
I did ever experience it. When my hard work seemed to be nothing and my goal was not achieved, I had two choices, the first one was giving up and blamed everything and everyone and the second one was smiling and letting it be. I did both of them. At first I was angry and blamed everyone, but it would never change the situation. However, in the end I learned to accept it. No matter what happened, it had been happened, but I knew that it was still under God’s control. So, it should be ok. Whether I was success or not, it was on His hand. My part was keep doing my work as good as I can.
If you asked me, that was my answer…