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Hard work or working hard?

We all work hard.

I can’t think of the last time I met a pastor who was truly lazy.

Instead, what I most often see, and what took me years to get past…

I have a tendency to replace hard work with working hard.

In other words, if I have some hard work to do in my life, things like:

  • Maybe I know I need to invest in a relationship I don’t want to invest in.
  • Maybe I need to repair a relationship I’ve busted.
  • Maybe I need to make a hard decision that will be unpopular.
  • Maybe I need to turn someone away.
  • Or turn down a proposal.
  • Or walk away from something I love.

In those times, I try real hard to escape the hard work by working real hard.

I can fill my calendar like a champ. I can make myself look really busy. And I can work really, really hard from dawn until way past midnight.

But I think God’s revealed to me that I most often do that when I’m avoiding hard work in my life.

It’s easy to confuse the two because the words are so similar. But one is noble while the other is ignoble.

Question: What are stop-gap measures for this that have worked for you?