Years ago I was a Class A workaholic. The satisfaction I received from working and achieving under stressful conditions fed me to the point where I suffered a serious health crisis. After a three-month recovery, I went back to the same office and into the same bad habits.
About three months later, my husband and I went on a relaxing vacation. After eight hours back on the job, I felt as if I had not been on vacation at all. The next day I went to my boss and said, “I can’t do this anymore. I am going to give up my job.” But being the good workaholic, I gave them a three-month notice!
I learned on my next job—working for the church—that there is a difference between hard work and working hard. One can make any task hard work. Attitudes of perfectionism, “Nobody can do it as well as I can,” and the supposition that the establishment will fall apart if I’m not around is not on any job description.
I learned to enjoy working for the Lord is the best way to keep from burnout. And, I believe anyone can work for the Lord on any job. It’s about approaching work with the attitude you are serving someone other than your own ego. In return, the Lord will show you how to love your work
Help us, Lord, to bring a fresh new attitude to work with us each day. Amen.