It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of our daily, weekly, monthly and eventually yearly grinds. Getting lost and engulfed in 40, 50, 60 or more hour work weeks is unfortunately a cycle that most of us find ourselves in.
Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely no shame or anything wrong with working long days and weeks to support yourself and your family. If anything, a respectable work ethic is something that is lost among many people in our modern culture. A solid and diligent work ethic is something that has been appreciated back to biblical times.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4
But as I mentioned before, as those long workdays turn into long workweeks, and those weeks turn into long and stressful months, and those long and stressful months turn into years, it becomes exceedingly easy to forget that we are created for much more than a paycheck.
Again, I’m not advising you go out and quit your job, as lovely as that may sound. Everyone (well most everyone) needs a paycheck. It is our civil duty to contribute to society and support ourselves and our loved ones. But it is also our Earthly and spiritual duty to live a joyful and faithful life that we are destined and designed for by our creator.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
God does not want our lives to merely be punching time clocks and working overtime (although he respects that), He wants us to also enjoy and rejoice in this wonderful world and life that He has created for us while using the gifts that He has graciously blessed us all with.
As hard as it may be, when you hear that alarm clock go off every morning, take the time to thank God for this life, and ask him to guide your steps and actions towards leading the joyful and faithful life he wants to you live. Not for your own personal enjoyment, but for the fulfillment of His design for you.
Take time to find joy in your daily grind, even if it is as simple as appreciating a sunset, taking a quick walk, or talking to a loved one on the phone. A life lived without joy and praise is a life that is not worth living, and a life that God does not want us to live.