The Dignity of Labour

Hello Wonderful People,

Hope y’all are doing great. I know, I know, I’ve been away for too long. Trust me….I know. I can go on and on about how it’s been a crazy couple of weeks but the truth is that I haven’t been on top of my game as far as this blog is concerned and for that I apologize sincerely. I’m starting to find my feet in this new season of my life and I’ll do my best, with God’s grace, to continue to write as I am led.

I’m thinking the best route to go on this post is a bit of an update on my life so far and then I’ll hone in on a couple of things that I have learned in the past few weeks. I’ve started a new role at work (same office, different role) and it’s a pretty exciting one. It’s a lot of work but I’m learning so much and it’s a constant reassurance to me that God is directing my steps because getting the job was a testimony of it’s own. I have a really good boss who’s firm but fair and helps me to keep my standards high in terms of what I expect of myself. It was a bit of a struggle settling in but God continues to give me grace everyday.

My relationship with my mother has evolved in a number of ways and I think a lot of it has to do with my relationship with my boyfriend. My mother and I are closer than we’ve ever been and I have been able to appreciate her wisdom and grace. She said a couple of days ago that it seems my boyfriend has taught me to be less rude. I was about to defend myself when I realized she was actually right. I was not always patient with my mother but I thank God that He has given me the gift of wisdom to appreciate her while she’s still here because she won’t always be around.

I don’t know how much to say about my relationship with my boyfriend; I try to find the right balance between keeping my private life private but sharing enough so that it impacts someone else positively (at the end of the day it’s the reason why I keep writing. It’s so that someone can read it and be reassured that God is real, He loves us and He is very much interested in an intimate and honest relationship with us). We are doing well, thank God and we continue to discover ways to bring out the best in each other and push each other towards God. I don’t want to say too much for now (one day, I’ll share our story with you) but I will say this: It’s not always easy to do things God’s way but it is absolutely always right and when we honor God in every aspect of our lives (including our relationships with the opposite sex), He will honor us.

Now onto what’s on my mind to share today……I’ll try my best not to make it too long. One thing that has been a recurrent theme in the past couple of weeks is that anything that is beautiful and has any quality or good substance to it takes hard work. Creativity is a difficult thing to execute and also happens to be the easiest thing to appreciate. Think about a beautifully written song or a prose that resonates with the very core of your being. Best believe that a lot of work went into the development of it. I think of my current job as an analytst and how annoying it is for me to come up with a very good PowerPoint presentation. Anyone who does this on the regular knows that an insane amount of work can go into making them (especially if you’re still relatively untried in the art of preparing them). But a good presentation is easily understood and makes the audience believe that it was easy to create (which is very far from the truth).

The truth is whether you’re Beyonc√© or an administrator, your job involves hard work that is will be tasking. It’s easy to look at other people and think our lives would be easier or better if we did what they do but the truth is that for anything good, there is a price to pay. And so instead of looking at other people and envying what they do (based on your “imaginings” of how “easy” you think their lives/jobs are), look to your hands and ask yourself what ¬†God has placed in them. What gifts, talents and opportunities has He given you? You are who you are and where you are for a purpose and a reason. Your life is not by mistake. If you don’t know what your purpose is, ask Him and then trust Him to lead you every step of the way. If it seems hard, ask Him for the grace to do the work and He will give it to you. Just work with what He’s given you for therein lies your purpose and you can trust that God will honor the work of your hands.

“Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings, he will not stand before obscure men.” – Proverbs 22:29.

That’s it from me people. I hope this blesses someone.

Love always,

Grace’s Daughter