Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house. Proverbs 24:27
I grew up in the pentectostal church and, growing up, I remember the church members during devotion or testimony service sing “Put your time in…PayDay is coming afterwhile.” It made me think of what that song really meant….We have all seen the results of hard work. We have seen people who have applied themselves to their work and their craft and seen the benefits that hard work yields. Many times seeing the things that have come from hard work can be incredibly inspirational, prompting us to redouble our efforts at our craft. We rightly believe that if we put in the time and the effort we too can reap the same types of rewards. We know that through diligence we can have the large house, the cars, the summer homes and maybe even the boat. So we plug along waiting to see the payoff or that Big Payday at the end of the hard work. The problem is sometimes we confuse the order of how the process works.
Sometimes we run into problems because we miss the process and only see the results. To have the end results others have you have to remember that they only got it at the end, not the beginning or the middle. They had worked, toiled and struggled to become successful before they got the trappings of success. Many times we become discouraged along the way because we are not seeing the results soon enough. Always remember that you can’t compare your beginning or middle to someone else’s end. When they were working to get where they are now, there was a time when they were exactly where you are right now.
Don’t get discouraged on the way to the end of the road. The process is designed for you to get the rewards at the end. We have to work on our craft, study hard, apply elbow grease and then begin to see the payoff. If we got the rewards in the middle we would never finish the process. So as you work, struggle and sacrifice to build something always remember what you are building now, will be how you get the rewards later on. You can rest assured…Payday is Coming!
Pastor Derrick Phillips