“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:” (Exodus 20:9)
The other half
What do you do when the middle of the week rolls around? Assuming you work five days in a row (six? I’m sorry) and they’re all together, your Wednesday, or “hump day” must be a thing of beauty. I find that when I’m off, the first day does indeed still feel like work, as it says in Exodus. Bills, errands, laundry, etc. A day of rest is certainly needed. But I don’t really feel like “resting” and “relaxing” when my other weekend-day arrives. Up with the sun and off and running. Sometimes literally. As an aside, if I don’t keep everything under control–my eating and sleeping and leisure, I can’t run. Because as I ride a bike, it’s too much if I choose to want to run. I’d get sick (it’s happened before) and so it’s all contingent on how disciplined I am with the other half. Work is work. But play isn’t if I’m fighting a head cold from not taking my vitamins or choosing to play videogames instead of sleeping. God help me.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:5-8)
But it’s the midweek. The first half of the workweek is past and we look forward to the weekend. What would it take to be just as excited in our quotidian activities (work, chores, etc.) as we were when that weight was off? I’d wager to say a little contentment-based gratitude is the order of the day.
Making heads and/or tails
“But they that will be rich fall into a temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” (1 Timothy 6: 9-11)
Paul is warning Timothy here of the dangers of taking home office supplies and also inter-office romance. Look it up. And notice the things he lists at the end of the passage. These are the things that, awake or asleep, at work or at home (or at play) will maintain and develop and content heart. The fact that I even have a job is wonderful. There have been days and weeks where all I could do was pine away for either my lunch break or the end of my shift. And not necessarily in that order. Should the other half of one’s life take a turn for the beautiful and somehow be better than work (!), rest in the fact that you have both. As a friend (and co-worker) once told me: “We work to live, we don’t live to work.” The clamoring for position and office-location should commensurately rise with its analog components. In other words, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.” (Psalm 75:6) Don’t forget that you’re serving God in any and every way you choose. And not to decide is to decide. This is how God ordained and how it works out, when you think about it.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:5-6)