Tehillim One Hundred and Twenty-Eight: Intentionality

“If you eat the toil of your hands, you are praiseworthy, and it is good for you (Psalms 128:2).” While this could be seen very basically as a heavenly endorsement for farm to table eating, I’m choosing to take the message a bit broader. I think in all aspects of our lives, we should do our best to put effort into all that we do, rather than take what might be the easier way out. In this day and age, it’s easy to literally coast through life. We can order anything, in any season, to be delivered directly to us, if we really want. We can control the seasons by altering the temperature in our homes and vehicles, and can entertain ourselves at the literal click of a button. It’s great in many ways, but in others, it makes us complacent, and we don’t have to put much effort into sustaining ourselves. But there’s something satisfying about physical work – laboring and reaping the rewards. This doesn’t have to be food-based, but how can each of us work for something a bit more intentionally today?

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