October 22, 2011
“A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy – do you know what comes next?” Proverbs 24:33 (The Message Bible)
What is the opposite of a workaholic lifestyle? See Proverbs 24:30-34 that ends with: “You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent house guest!” The workaholic may not live in poverty, but more than likely, there will be loneliness and the inability to find self-worth in the mundane and quiet days of their life.
How do we find a happy medium between being a napper or a workaholic? I believe the secret lies in doing what God has called us to do with our life. If we need motivation to be productive, we may need a cheerleader standing behind us saying, “You can do it!” And if we need to cut back in the hours we work above the call of duty, it helps to have a referee standing in front of us staying, “You don’t need to save the world—Jesus already did that.”
Dear God, help us find a healthy balance between rest and work. Amen.