End-of-Day Emotions

I was recently sitting on the back porch of a friend’s apartment and his son came out to say good night and “I love you.” As soon as the final “I love you” was uttered, the young vessel full of life began to cry. My friend told me that he cries every night when it is time for bed. Why is that though? I pondered immediately the desired activity and the mind of a young child. Children want to play; they want to be adventurous and explore and be involved. With such eager and curious minds of what they could do, they often fight the concept of ending the day having to go to sleep. Is it possible that we should be more like children in this way?

We sing a song entitled “We’ll Work till Jesus Comes.” It has a great meaning and is motivational in the moment, but what if it was a thoroughly true statement concerning our spiritual intentions. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toiling is not in vain in the Lord.” We are to always be abounding in the work of the Lord and we should gain immense joy from being involved in the work of the Lord and the fruit of it (Philemon 7). If we want to follow the example of the apostles in a way we can and turn the world upside down with the gospel (Acts 17:6), where is our heart on the matter? If our hearts are truly set where Christ is and our life is hidden in Him as Paul talks about in Colossians 3, His work should consume us. Children do not want the day to end because they are consumed with playing and being adventurous and they don’t want it to stop. What if we were sad to see the day end because we had to stop praying, studying, and working for the Lord in order to sleep?

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