Now in my later 30s I realize the importance of working for God's Kingdom and what I do,to put myself into it like it says in Colossians 3:23 Whatever work you do,put yourself into it,as those who are serving not merely,but the Lord.
So if I'm working to show my worth or others approval then I'm doing it wrong. You can do one or two things really well and the rest we try but often fail because we aren't meant to do everything.
For me I gave the whole "homesteading" idea a try and it only created stress. What's homesteading? Trying to live self sufficiently.We still do but not completely.The government has restricted a lot of what we can and can not do anymore.We abide by the law even if it seems like I'm being robbed or just plain stupid! God knows our needs and provides. I want to be found blameless. Give to Cesar what is Cesar's in a sense (Matt 22:20-22)
So as a Believer,the work we do or how we conduct our lives, has a far greater impact on unbelievers because of who we are representing. That's a big responsibility but one I totally accept to take on.Now my work is being done in His name and I do less but more. I want to honor Him in every area of my life.I also watch my attitude when someone does me wrong or not giving to those who can give me nothing in return. I've learned through my mistakes and by the actions of others.God's Spirit has brought a lot to my attention in areas He wants to see improved to build His Kingdom. No body is perfect and people are hurting and often hurt if not dealt with at the cross, can manifest itself into sin. Don't let sin crouch at your door. Respond to the nudge or double edged sword you feel in your heart to change.We aren't promised tomorrow and we ought to be seeking to build His kingdom not tear it down!