It’s hard to “set your mind on things above” when work is crazy

Set your mind on things aboveIt’s a busy time. I have a trial coming up in a few weeks, and other cases old and new that need attention. It’s one of those times that requires a little extra work on nights and weekends.

I’m not complaining. I have colleagues who are just as busy or moreso than I (it’s truly wonderful to be on a great team), and these days a person is fortunate just to have a job. But during these times, it’s awfully easy to let other things go. I haven’t written in a while – evenings and weekends is when that gets done, or doesn’t – and my Bible is getting dusty. That’s not good.

So my personal study this weekend was a reminder of the need for balance. On one hand, God calls us to work diligently. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl. 9:10), and “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys” (Prov. 18:9). In our work, we are to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” (Eph. 6:7

But on the other hand, there is no excuse for letting work crowd out God. However anxious I might be about what needs to be done, that anxiety cannot come between us.

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighted down with anticipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34)

So I’m going to do my work, and I’m going to try to do it well, but I will also try to do it without running around like Martha, who was told, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” (Luke 10:41-42)

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Diligent in work, without neglecting the things that matter more.

If you figure out a way to do this perfectly, I sure wish you would let me know.

“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col. 3:2)

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col. 3:23)

Comments

  1. Yup…I know what you mean. I will say this though: thinking about God when my mind wanders brings peace, whereas thinking about work when my mind wanders brings stress. C.S. Lewis was right–this isn’t home. Jim, here’s hoping for a productive and God-filled weekend for both of us! ;-)

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