The Joys of Fruitful Work

by Paul Wilson


I spent my childhood years on a farm in southern Utah. The first few memories of life that I can recall deal with tormenting chickens and helping my dad out on our two and half acre “garden.”

We only lived there a few years before my parents moved us to the big city. However, I have often thought back on this time in my life and recognized the diligent effort my parents put into that plot of land.

The thing that makes farm life interesting is that if you are going to survive you have to work and you have to work hard. Yet, it is not just working at any old thing, anyone can do tedious labor without accomplishing anything of substance.

Rather, it is focusing on the work that brings the harvest. The work that feeds you and makes every moment spent in the blistering sun worth it.

This type of work is good for the heart and good for the soul. It is a work that gives life deeper value and meaning, and pushes you to reach farther than you thought you could.

I strongly feel the concept of working for a harvest is the embodiment of success. I am not talking about the flash in the pan sort of success, where it goes as quickly as it comes, but rather true success at everything you do—success in relationships, success in business, and more importantly, success in life.

I know there is a common philosophy that the Internet is the path to easy riches. I think a slightly modified quote from the 1987 movie The Princess Bride adequately brings to light the true point of this ideology, “Life is [work], Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something” (see actual quote).

You may be like the lottery winner who, by sheer dumb luck, chooses the right combination of randomness for instant wealth. More likely though, you are just another individual in the sea of millions upon millions of people who try this method and come out with nothing but a losing ticket.

Rolling up your sleeves and going to work—the right work—will help separate you from the masses who erroneously pledge their devotion to the empty dreams of laziness. Even more importantly, you will learn the sacredness that comes with fruitful work, and hopefully repeat your efforts over and over again.

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