Labor of love defined might be hard work for the sake of love.
This past weekend was a beautiful celebration of love at my middle daughter’s wedding. She married the one she loves at my house this past weekend. It was a wonderful experience, but the wedding preparations required a lot of hard work. I can truly say that I delighted in doing the hard work. It was a blessing to be able to give the gift of a beautiful wedding to my daughter. Why because I love her very much. It was a labor of love.
Labor of Love and The Wedding
We work for things that are highly valuable to us. The wedding itself was not highly valuable to me. The daughter getting married is highly valuable to me. I wanted to shower her with love on her wedding day. Even though it was a small intimate celebration, I worked diligently to give her the same kind of wedding as if it were a large wedding. Because this was her day and I love her, the wedding preparations were a labor of love.
Her mother-in-law saw the love in the hard work. She noted the hand made wedding decorations. She saw the attention to detail and said, “This truly is a labor of love.” Hand-strung streamers with flowers, beads, pearls, and tulle hung across the back porch. I spent every moment available planning and preparing for the big day. My work wasn’t for others to see. I wanted to bless my daughter. It truly was a labor of love.
Labor of Love and Ministry
The labor of love for my daughter’s wedding day parallels my labor of love in ministry for the love of my Jesus. I work hard in ministry because I love Jesus. It doesn’t matter if I am speaking to one in a counseling or encouraging conversation or a group of twenty-five, one hundred and five, or even one thousand. I put in the hard work necessary for each of those occasions. If I know that I have an opportunity to speak into someone’s life, I prepare and pray. I read Scripture and pray Scripture. I invest my time as a labor of love for the sake of ministering to women and blessing the One I love. It is a labor of love because I love the women God brings into my life to minister to and because I love the one who saved me.
Ministry requires a lot of hard work and time and resource investment, a lot like my daughter’s wedding. Every bit of work that I put into my daughter’s wedding day was worth it to me. She had a beautiful wedding. She was blessed and appreciative because she too knew that all that work was an expression of love from a mama to her daughter. I have invested a lot of hard work in ministry and thought that it wasn’t worth it. Every time I invest in ministry, a woman or women I love are blessed and usually appreciative. My investments in ministry also honor and please my Savior whom I love. And I am looking forward to a day when I hear Jesus, the one I love say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
What is your labor of love?
What are you investing in? Is your labor for the sake of other people seeing your efforts or for the sake of blessing someone based on love?
When you labor is based on love, it doesn’t feel the same. The burden is light not heavy. Maybe that is why Jesus said,
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Labor for the sake of show or impressing others is a heavy burden. Labor for the sake of love is a light burden, one that we gladly carry. So dear sister, let your labor always be for the sake of love and your burdens will be light.