I used to like the line, “I always wanted to be a procrastinator…but never got around to it” until I realized how dangerous and stupid that is. It is so easy to do something tomorrow…or the next day. Because every day has things that demand our time, and take up all of the time in our day. We are so…so…busy…but what in the heck are we doing.
I think that normal deal is that we get up early, hustle off to work…stay late to finish stuff up at work. Then we get home and take care of some emails so we don’t fall behind…and then we get to sleep too late. Fortunately, there are weekends when you can catch up on the things that you couldn’t do during the week…but then again, there may be some important emails from work…and you don’t want to be behind on Monday. Sound familiar?
Hmmm…something missing…oh yeah, time with your wife…time with your kids…and the worst…time with God? Oh that last one can be handled on Sunday…unless you have golf scheduled.
I once heard an Admiral on Friday tell me, oh well….two more work days until Monday. And I thought…that is the stupidest thing I ever heard. Are we that important?
The answer is no. For all of those CEO’s, Vice Presidents, Admirals, Generals, Congresspeople, etc…that read this. I hate to tell you that if you get hit by a truck, or just die because you worked yourself to death…there is somebody waiting to take your place in about two seconds. Sorry dude….or dudette…you aren’t that important.
Consider Proverbs 24:30-34 – I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Sadly, in this day and age…the field that is overgrown and in disarray is normally your family. And the sad thing is that you can stop that trend. Especially if you are in charge of an organization….YOU ARE THE BOSS YOU IDIOT!!! I learned that lesson one day when I was telling one of my workers to quit answering my emails on Saturday evenings! Then somebody leaned over to me, and said…”if you would quit sending them, they would quit answering them.” Ouch…that hurt. I was the idiot. I immediately adopted a policy that unless it was an absolute emergency…no work emails on the weekend…or at ridiculous times of the evening.
Think about it….do you really think that is what God wants you to do? Work yourself to death at the expense of your family…or worse, at the expense of Him? John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Working 100 hours a week doesn’t sound like an abundant life….because you are going to either get fired, move on to another job, or die, and somebody else will reap all of the fruits (as sour as they may be) of your hard work.
But be encouraged….God made it very simple. He said…get your priorities straight…which means. You do “My” work…and I will take care of the rest of it. Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Well….put Him to the test, and see if He keeps His end of the deal. I can guarantee you that He will….and your joy will be abundant. And you may even know your kids names…and they will call you blessed!
Grace and Peace, Dan