PRINCIPLE #8 : BALANCE WORK WITH PLEASURE
The Scriptures address the issue of balance in the work place in two ways:
1) Don’t sell your soul for wealth :
- “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?…Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint…The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Matt. 16:26; Pro. 23:4; 10:22)
- “…G odliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (I Tim. 6:6b-10).
- “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than
they?…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:24, 26, 33).
2) Balance your work with pleasure:
- “There was nothing better for a man to do than to enjoy his food and drink and his job” (Ecc. 2:24b –TLB). (See Ecc. 3:22)
- “…Eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift” (Ecc. 3:13b – Msg.).
- “…Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life” (Ecc. 5:18b)
- “Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Relish life with the spouse you love Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one!” (Ecc. (9:7, 9 – Msg.).
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill