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Hurried
Published: 6/24/2013 10:56:34 PM

 

God has blessed me with innumerable things throughout my life.  In a previous blog, I wrote about the blessing that I most take for granted:  my job.  It has been the one thing I have been the most likely to complain about, and the least likely to praise and thank God for.  I typically thank God for sustaining my life with food, water, clothing and providing loving family and friends to surround me with.  But I often neglect to thank God for the one thing that provides the means to all of those ends:  my job.

This isn't a regurgitation of that previous blog.  Although my faith life still struggles in the area of being thankful - truly thankful - for my job, through a bible study on the hurried family, I found yet another reason to be thankful for my job.  

I'm not hurried at work.

This isn't to say that I'm not bogged down with work at times, or that my work life is devoid of deadlines and stress.  Far from it.  But the one thing I have been blessed with is some flexibility, the ability to have an excellent work/life balance and the freedom to work independently without micromanaging.  For the most part, I live without the insurmountable stress that the working world typically places on the individual in the workplace.  And for that, I am truly blessed.  And this is why:

I couldn't live with it.

God knows our struggles, but he also knows our abilities.  And He knows my ability to deal with the stress of a hurried workplace.  It was one of the reasons why I struggled with my first job out of school so mightily.  When I thought I wanted to be an investment banker, live the 9 am to 9 pm, 6 day a week work life, God gave me this opportunity.  He placed me in a position to have just this.  And it was a struggle.  From day one, it was brutal.  It affected my health and my relationships.  Most disturbingly, my relationship with Him suffered because of my decision.  So when I was laid off shortly after starting this job, it was a blessing in disguise.  God allowed me to find another position with another firm that would put the ends before the means, giving me an opportunity to heal, develop and maintain relationships with others, and the most importantly, grow in a relationship with Him through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

This, I could live with.

So when we were discussing how our lives, specifically our work lives have become so hurried, it struck me that I am truly blessed to have a God that has led me to a job that allows me to have dinner with my family nearly 100% of the time.  To have time in the evening with my young children.  To be able to make - and most importantly keep - plans with family and friends.  To worship with my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ at my home church each and every week.  To teach Sunday School without fear of being called away for the weekend.  

In a future blog, I'll discuss in more detail those times of stress and how I handle them.  That is a blog in and of itself.  But for now, I am simply thankful that God has given me manageability in the workplace.  I am thankful that God has given me a relatively unhurried job that opens up time to do all those things I've mentioned.  Right now, I am simply thankful.

How has God blessed you in your work life?  

How hurried has your work life become?  

What can you do to change this?  

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Contributed by Brian

 

 

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