This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”

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“So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” (Josh. 24:13)

This Bible references the story of the Israelites escaping bondage in Egypt and entering the freedom of The Promised Land; where they no longer were owned by taskmasters who forced them to slave away all day and night, but were in a place of peace, provision, choice, and life.

“The Promised Land” – as described in Marketplace Leaders – is the place where we receive all God intended for us to receive. Our purpose, grace, and blessings are given freely here for those who believe and trust Him.

What blows my mind – and I’m guilty of this too, a lot – is that while most of us have this gift of being free…our mind, habits, and actions still reflect that of being confined in Egypt.

For us workaholics, we still believe that provision is only given AFTER we’ve worked hard, and taking time to enjoy the life in front of us can be perceived as laziness.

Our society glorifies “grinding” and a work ethic that is unsustainable and erodes our health and relationships.

I’m trying to get used to this idea that it’s not blood, sweat, and tears that produce provision, but it’s obedience. It’s not my own agenda that’s filled with ignorance, selfishness, and ago – but His will.

What a concept; and one I aspire to experience. I want work less and produce more. I want to only be focused on what matters, and detox the rest. I want to enjoy my family, my health, and serve others. I want to work smarter and not harder.

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