Devotional for Thursday January 11th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth …: Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “God doesn’t want us to overdo it.”


This morning I want to continue our discussion from yesterday with regards to overworking being a common source of imbalance in our lives. I’ve come to believe that people typically overwork for one of four reasons. The first is because we either believe it is expected of us or it actually is expected of us. In other words, the nature of the job is such that it requires an inordinate amount of our time.


A second common reason a person might overwork is they become so consumed with thoughts of advancement that they convince themselves if they just work long and hard enough they will get the promotions they crave. A third common reason is the desire to earn more money. This is seen most often with hourly wage earners who have the opportunity to work lots of overtime.


And then the fourth common reason for overworking is that the person simply loves what they do and they have difficulty leaving it alone. This is seen most often with small business owners and also with Pastors. This is my issue. I love what I do and sometimes I can’t seem to stop. Also, my primary office is in my home so technically I’m always at work. Often it seems like I just can’t to leave it alone.


In Deuteronomy 8:17-18 Moses explained that it is God who gives us our ability to do what we do. But as we’ve been learning this month, He desires for us to use those skills and abilities in reasonable ways that bring balance to our lives. We are not to be so consumed with our jobs (for any reason) that it throws the rest of our lives out of whack.


God gave you your skills and abilities so you can earn a living. He also gave them to you so you can add value to society and so you can serve others in His name. He can use you in that capacity without it being an all-consuming obsession on your part. If the performance of your job is causing other areas of your life to be out of balance then you have taken your job to an extreme that God never intended.


If we’ve learned anything so far this month it is that God intends for there to be a healthy balance to our lives. Therefore we should not allow our jobs to become so demanding that they throw the rest of life out of balance.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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