I Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
The “therefore” in v. 58 points back to Paul’s discourse on death and resurrection in the previous verses. My pastor preached on this Sunday, and it was a very life giving message–a resurrection response to loss. One day, everything crooked will be made straight, and everything sad will be made not true. And it’s THAT life we are to orient THIS life around. It’s in that context that we can become the kind of people who can endure loss without creating a crater around us that swallows ourself and others. And it’s only in that context that we can stay engaged, knowing that our labor in the Lord is NOT IN VAIN.
If you have 30 minutes, I think you will find this exhortation encouraging.