I was finishing my post-graduate degree thesis, raising a young family, planting a church, constructing a church building, holding services in my home, and helping start a Christian school. I was so burnt out I smelled like smoke!
You invest more than one-third of your life at work. Punch the clock, turn on the computer, start your engines at 8 a.m., rest a few minutes at noon, but keep your mind and body in gear till the sun has set. Then tomorrow—repeat. Sound familiar?
So how can your relationship with God grow in all this? The easy temptation is to separate your life into two parts: career—public; faith—private.
But considering how much of your life you spend engaged in your career, perhaps that is the ideal place to grow in your relationship with Christ.
The Bible has a six-day workweek in mind. Work is important but only six sevenths of it is to occupy your life. You need regular periods of rest, which can be on any day, or extended part of a day, including but not necessarily Sunday.
When it comes to working with difficult bosses, most often we need to resist our natural inclinations, lest we fall into sin ourselves. A few practical lessons will help direct our thoughts in these situations so our lives become characterized by Christlike perseverance.
No matter what the situation, people in every generation and age group have struggled with a lack of gratitude and feelings of entitlement. We have a long history of pride, narcissism, and faithlessness.
Many professions draw public attention like a slice of watermelon draws flies. Those who practice those professions are constantly in the news. They provide abundant fodder for verbal lunch breaks. There is one profession, however, that is neither notorious nor controversial.