This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
– Haggai 1:7-11
“The Future…something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does whoever he is.”
– C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
The Scripture talks about God telling His people that they are busy, but not in doing the right things. God’s protection would be lifted as a result.
I have just finished doing some work for my old employer. It hit our schedule at the same time that my wife started her 3-times per week cardiac rehabilitation. She is still not allowed to drive, so I had two full-time jobs at the same time, instructional designer (textbook and presentation slides), and chauffeur. I did not miss posting any days, but my reading of other people’s posts has suffered.
While the making of a wage is important, spending time with God is more important. When I last worked full-time, I awoke a couple of hours before I needed to get ready. I spent that time with God. With this latest job, I simply put my time in when I have the time. I think my average work day was 4 hours, but I had previously filled that four hours in contemplative study of God’s word.
About all that I can say is, “Praise God it is over.” Okay, spoke too soon. They have revisions, but not bad. And, I still need to prepare an invoice, or I don’t get paid, but then it’s over.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.