Where the challenge is
is if the "work as little as possible" philosophy
causes one to then spend the greater amount of their time in trying to exist without having to HAVE/spend money
but by using what work others have done- without reimbursing the others
then it seems to be rather parasitic (a user not a contributor) life.
Then also though there is the -- what is one going to do with the time one is not working? Are your REALLY going to spend the time helping others in the right way?
The person gave as an example that Jesus went about helping others, and didn't work and that he told his apostles to not worry about how they were to be clothed or fed, as they had other work--
But to me this seems like it was SPECIFICALLY their callings, and the rest of us ARE to work, and of course not to over stress about providing for our needs, or trying to provide for every possible disaster etc.
We just need what is adequate in most cases. This also seems to all go back to that this life is our time to LEARN this very stuff-- to judge what is enough and adequate in all things!
Perfection in some things is overdone. What things need to be perfect?
"An immaculate house is the sign of a wasted life".
"Clean enough to be healthy, messy enough to show it is lovingly lived in" seems more the goal to me.
We don't need to have perfect;
hair, bodies, skin, nails, cars, yards, homes, meals, etc
Though sometimes doing things perfectly can be a joy;
playing a song to our perfect satisfaction on an instrument
writing a poem that perfectly expresses our feelings,
painting a picture that captures perfectly our idea
loving another with our whole hearts, as we should love God
or just doing the best we can with what we have to make our homes a heaven on earth!
and WE are to "be ye therefore perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect"
but we must not despair that we can't get to that level in this earth life-- thank goodness we have eternity to keep working on it,
but we should nevertheless try to be better all the time, progressing to get there!
So--- this life is our time to "prepare to meet God" to "work out our own salvation with fear (reverence) and trembling".
As though it is only through the grace of God that makes us for our lack, we still must do all WE can, and then HE adds the rest.
It would be a terrible insult to expect to accept Gods gift, if we were to treat it so despicably as to ---
Oh, I just thought of an analogy for it! :)
Imagine that God has invited us to his Kingdom
and told us that he has a wonderful gift for us there
and told us to get prepared to receive the gift
to make ourselves clean and worthy of it
but we kind of ignore all the parts except the "free gift" part--
and so we arrive at the gates unwashed, in dirty clothing, muddy shoes and hold out our filthy hands to push the gate open when we suddenly notice that everything
inside is totally pure and clean and white, and that our muddy clothing and foul smells and even our choice of words is foul as we swear in our frustration and embarrassment, even hot anger at our selves and others that we didn't prepare!
How will we feel?
Isn't part of our purpose in life to find out "what we came here after"? Well, I have been sitting on this hard wooden seat for 2 and 1/2 hours now, and so I will see -- what work is my priority to do today. What would Heavenly Father and his only begotten son, Jesus Christ have me do ? today ? at this time?
May God so bless us all to discover, and have the strength and wisdom to do!
I'm still alive
11 months ago