“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.” – Exodus 20:9-10a
When it comes to our work, most of us feel the drive and need to be successful. Unfortunately, that drive doesn’t come without its drawbacks. Conversely, there is the other side of the spectrum where some find themselves oblivious even to the idea of work. Let’s talk about these two extremes when it comes to the subject of work.
One extreme is laziness. We live in a society that so often glorifies the irresponsible–those who won’t work–as victims. Somehow they feel they are “owed” something. This is insulting to those who are truly unable to work. God’s Word is clear; laziness is not good and He wants us to work hard.
At the other extreme is the workaholic. There are four common traits for this type of person:
- tends to be the first person at the office and the last to leave.
- tries to please others and has a tough time saying ‘no’.
- tends to only talk about work.
- feels guilty taking a day off.
Neither being a workaholic nor being lazy is God’s intention for us. It’s about finding the right balance in working hard to please God, yet taking time to back away and rest.
If you’re struggling with the work-rest balance, start with taking a weekly Sabbath. It’s one of God’s important ideas for successful living that sets aside time for rest, reflection and time with God. When we prioritize the Sabbath, we find ourselves refreshed and ready to give our best to our work, our families, and to God.