Hope for the Workaholic
All his life, Fred had been taught to work hard, real hard. He grew up on a farm and was a good worker. But no matter what he did, it never seemed to be enough. He was driven to do "just a little bit more" in order to gain his father's approval. "That's good, Fred, but you could have done better."
Fred became a workaholic, trying to gain the approval that never came. He suffered, his family suffered, and his marriage failed in the process.
Many of us are like Fred. We try to please somebody, but deep down inside we are convinced that we'll never quite measure up. So, we redouble our efforts and run in ever-tightening circles, honking at our own taillights, in search of approval that never comes. Even when we are approved we doubt the person giving the approval. Is there any hope?
For the workaholics there is hope indeed! Hope for acceptance and approval begins by asking God to forgive us for being more concerned about what others think than with what He thinks about us. When God sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins God declared, "You will never be able to meet my standards in your strength. Therefore, I am sending you my very best, my sinless, perfect Son to die for you so you might become fully acceptable to Me through Him."
By asking God's forgiveness and receiving the gift of His Son as your Savior, you have complete forgiveness and total acceptance. What about hard work? We respond to God's magnificent, total acceptance by saying, "God, you show me what you want me to do (through the Bible) and give me the grace and strength to do it and I will obey."
It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 13:4).
God wants to welcome you home!
All it takes is a decision of the heart. The steps to that decision are simple--as simple as the "ABC"--but it's a decision that will change your life--forever.
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