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January 14, 2021

Hard work always pays off; but mere talk puts no bread on the table. 

Proverbs 14:23 (MSG)

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off like an eagle.

Proverbs 23:4-5 (NIV)

Here is the promised word for the week; one that you will not find in scripture – at least directly.  The word is BALANCE.  Clearly there is a biblical command to rest and Sabbath; time to be away from the striving of work and connect more fully with the holiness of God.  There is also directive in scripture to work, to labor, to be productive with the gifts and abilities given to us by God.

We are a society that often loses balance. In almost every area of our lives we have the potential to lose balance; to lose the center; to allow extremes to become the norm.  This is very much true of the work/rest dichotomy as well.

There is no theology of retirement – our work continues while we are yet alive.  That doesn’t mean that retirement is bad or undesirable.  Retirement may mean a shift in what work we are doing; but the truth is that our work never stops so long as we have breath.  The same is true of rest – it is a necessary and desirable thing even when we are in the prime years of our lives, when the danger of work taking over our lives is at its highest.

Today is another day of reflection – how is your work/rest balance?  How much is dependent on the season of life that you are in right now?  What changes can you make to rebalance, if needed?  How satisfying is your work?  How full is your rest?


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