I love working.
Well, as long as you don’t ask me this question at 7 in the morning when I am first waking up, or 1 in the morning when I am finally climbing back in bed.
I am the queen of spilled coffee, wearing yesterdays clothing spritzed with perfume in hopes that I can mask the smell of laundry I have yet to wash, running in yelling “I am so sorry I’m late” again….and again. I am pretty much the montage of scenes of every woman in a rom-com before she suddenly slams into the love of her life resulting in her spilled coffee. The only difference is I already have the love of my life. My spilled coffee is the result of 9 times out of 10 my cup being too big for my cars cup holder. Do I learn? Nah, I love giant coffee cups.
They say when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. That is true I guess, but I’m a firm believer that it has more to do with who you work for or with. When your work environment becomes your family, your work becomes a second home. In my case I was blessed with 3 different work homes, each just as great as the next. Does this stop my early mornings, late nights, filling up on gas 4 times a week when all my jobs are within a ten mile radius? No, trust me, one look at my unbrushed for the past four days hair and you’ll know.
But above it all, my love for God stays strong. Even when I am on time, when I am late, coffee down my brand new shirt or not, God is with me. Because of this busy life I have learned many lessons in regards to my walk with Christ.
Here are a few.
Breakfast and Prayer are very important.
Guys, I’m serious. I don’t mean to sound like your mom but breakfast is an extremely important way to start your day. This is how we wake up our metabolism and I doubt any one of us want our metabolism sleeping until we sit down to consume our nearly 1500-2000 calorie dinner. Just like we need breakfast to wake our body, we need that prayer to wake our spirit. Never do we want to fall into the habit of going through each day calling ourselves a Christian but in secret really giving no regards to our God throughout the day. Someday’s it is eggs and bacon and quiet time with God, some days it is a banana while running out the door and a 30 second prayer just saying thank you.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
No no no to laziness
It is quite obvious where the problem would be concerning laziness in the work place. How does this affect your relationship with Christ? Well, it does, in 1 of 2 ways.
1.) You are lazy in the workplace. People have less respect for laziness, and how can you really get through to someone who has very little respect for you. We are to influence through not only our words, but our actions as well. Also, the longer you procrastinate work, the longer you procrastinate time with God. The thing about procrastination is that time doesn’t procrastinate with you. Time will continue passing with or without you. In turn, the more time you spend trying to do a job you have continued to put off, it will cut time away from the Lord and in the end that is a choice that is MADE.
“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” Proverbs 12:24
“A sluggards appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4
2.) You are not lazy in the workplace, but lazy in your Bible/Prayer time. Put simply, what makes work much more important than God that you have placed him on the back burner? Please do not confuse my implication here, God does not say “Don’t work,” In fact he instructs us to work diligently. This only becomes an issue when work becomes your God.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23
This is in all caps because oh my goodness it is so important. If you already go to bed late, who wants to spend the next two hours playing cat and mouse trying to drag out what is wrong from our significant other when we have to be back at work in less than 6 hours? It took me a lot of 3 A.M. mornings to teach me this. Restless nights result in restless moods. More times than not, when we are in this restless mood the last thing on our minds is being our best selves for work, or for Christ. For every action, there is a reward or consequence. Not communicating ALWAYS has a consequence. Save yourself. Communicate! This isn’t just beneficial within the marriage, but throughout your entire day no matter who you encounter. Save time and tell the truth.
This was a more personal, less Biblical less but I can promise it affects you much more than you may believe.
You won’t go broke from giving one more dollar
This was a slower lesson for me to learn. I often wondered how I could really give back, practice kindness in the way God instructs when I stay so busy. I don’t have time to volunteer and I don’t work so much just because I enjoy it, I actually have bills to pay. Truthfully, I can’t afford to just donate left and right as much as I would love to. I have always felt like I was failing majorly in this area, but what I have learned throughout my adult years is that no one goes broke from giving just one more dollar. We often assume to give back we must give a lot at once, but really is it not just as great to give a little consistently? Do good ALL the time? Maybe I am wrong in this theory, if so God will tell me one day. For now, I will continue to give what little I have in hopes that it makes up for the big that I cannot give.
“Each of you should give what you have decided on your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsions, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12
If you take a day for yourself, take one for him too.
The work week has a way of making you ready to run to your bed Friday night, sleeping in all weekend curled up with Cheetos and Gossip Girl (Guilty!) but I have to remember how sometimes this can be selfish. If I know that God is above me, why do I think I deserve a day dedicated just to me in all my wants or needs and he doesn’t? Well, obviously we have already been instructed to keep the sabbath, but how many of us have used sabbath as an excuse to get out of all work and spent it more with Gossip Girl than with my bible (Guilty again!) We are given 5 days to run our errands, make our money, buy our groceries. It is important to keep God most important those days as well but do not be so quick to forget him when the weekend hits. If you think you deserve a day, do you not believe he deserves so much more? Just food for thought.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. ‘Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant, or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.” Exodus 20:8-11
“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on my holy day and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure and speaking your own word.” Isaiah 58:13
Maybe you didn’t relate to this at all, but I sure hope you did. I love being a busy girl, but I also love my God and these are the things I have learned played a vital role in a peaceful walk balancing my busy life and my walk with him.
Now, if you don’t mind, I have somewhere to run.