What if I told you I have been misapplying this verse? See when I see “work heartily” as to the Lord, I think of doing a great job, not being lazy, basically working at the best of my ability. Somehow in my mind this also means putting work first. I wouldn’t say that with words, but my actions scream it.
Have we as a society flipped this verse over to the point where our jobs are consuming so much of us that we are losing God’s smile over our work?
Would He approve of our work schedules?
Could we be so stressed, losing relationships, missing key moments in life, having chronic sickness due to our work loads? Most of you know I’m a realtor. And like all jobs, sometimes there are crisis that occur warranting a phone call at 10:30 p.m. Or a text message. But somehow we as a society now expect people to be available 24/7. And we can’t be. All of us need time to relax, connect with families and friends, eat a meal, maybe go walking or as I am prone to go kayaking. I think I like to kayak because my phone won’t work.
What about you, do you think we need to examine if we are working heartily as the Lord would expect. Or are we being subject to peoples every text, call, and email? I’ve been watching and listening at how many times we say, “I have to get this”. But do we really, when we have a real life person sitting with us?
Someone said, “but I’m the only provider for my family.” Is that true or is God the provider for us? Matthew 6:25-33.
For many of us, what if we took one evening a week where we simply turned off the phones, emails and social media, what good could happen?
Anybody doing well at setting healthy boundaries? Please share a comment with your tips! I’m not doing this well, I believe I am addicted to my phone. 🙂