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You can visualize your personal and work life as a three legged stool. The first leg is a good diet of fresh vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and lots of clean filtered water, with vitamin supplements and exercise along with a lot of regular rest to help out physical fatigue. The second leg is a concentration on attitude and outlook, which will help you with emotional fatigue. The third leg is a good church, Bible study, daily prayer, and devotions that will help your spiritual life. Each one leans against other. If you let one leg go, you will not be able to stand, or work effectively!
Just a little more rest will be some help to you, but it will not keep stool from falling from under you. Neither would even a weekend of rest and fun. You must develop a plan including all three legs, and be consistent! God desires you to take good care of His temple, your body (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16)!
More Ways To Balance Your Stool and Work
·Be a person who forgives, who lets things roll off his/her back. If you let resentment build, it will break your back. If you let it go, you will be stronger and more effective (1 John 1: 9)!
·Keep your focus on Christ. Look at your work as worship, and as serving Him, not just a labor or chore. Be open for opportunities, and take them as gaining insights and experience so as to be better for Him and others around you! If you get stuck, consider a new perspective. Try to look at your work from a different viewpoint. You cannot always control your situation, but you can control your attitude and respond as our Lord has called us to do!
·Anxiety and stress is often a matter of outlook (Col. 3:23).
·Get yourself involved in a good church (Isaiah 40:31).
·Surround yourself with people who will listen to you and give you godly advice (Heb. 10:25).
·See your work as a means to use talents, creativity, and gifts that God has given you (Gen.1: 26-28).
·Let your work give you self-respect and self-confidence (Prov. 22:29).
·Allow your work to develop your aptitude and confidence, patience, forgiveness, values, loyalty, integrity, and be a place to build and develop character (Eccl. 10: 10; Luke 16:10-12).
·Set goals and keep focused (Phil.3: 13-16).
Allow your work to build you up, not tear you down. If it does, and you have tried all of these suggestions, take a career assessment test. Perhaps you are not in career for which you were designed. Remember, we are not to be devoted to our work, but rather devoted to our Savior. At same time, we are to be diligent and be best we can be in our job. The Christian should be finest person at their job by means of integrity, godly character, and modeling Christ, regardless of situation!
What would we have to gain if we put all of our selves and our time in our career, giving up all other aspects of life? Nothing! When I visit rest homes with youth groups, I ask youth to get life stories and perspectives from elderly residents to catch sight of what they have learned in life, and what youth can learn from them. These were very rewarding. With dozens upon dozens of visits over twenty years, we never had anyone say they regretted that they did not spend more time in their career. The regrets expressed, if any, were about losing time with family by being workaholics, forfeiting relationships, and such. All could have been avoided just by adhering to Jesus' simple words in Mark 8:36. Look it up and see for yourself!
Our work ethic will be measure of how people see our true character, as well as that of our Lord!
This is from a supporter of our ministry:
How do I pray for my coworkers or workplace?
Praying for unsaved and hurting coworkers:
B. Body - health, protection, strength L. Labor - work, income, security E. Emotional - joy, peace, hope S. Social - getting along at home, at work, and in neighborhood S. Spiritual - salvation, faith, grace
Praying for others at work:
B. Board of Directors L. Lordship of business E. Employees S. Senior management, Supervision S. Stockholders Praying for my company:
B. Bottom line, profitability, paying expenses L. Lawful, longevity, lasting E. Excellence, equality S. Synergy - good relationships between management and employees S. Satisfied customer/clients and employees
Richard J. Krejcir Into Thy Word © 2003 www.intothyword.org
Richard Joseph Krejcir is the Director of ‘Into Thy Word Ministries, 'a discipling ministry www.intothyword.com . He is the author of the book, Into Thy Word and is also a pastor, teacher, speaker and a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California. He has amounted over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.