Why I Stopped Looking Forward to a Day Off…
I never was the best at math. However, I was able to understand that five is greater than two. As an observer of life, people, and a listener of the surrounding culture, I was often baffled by the mentality and actions of the rushing, anxiety, complaining, and despairing that takes place five days of the week as we look forward to and lust after two days – a weekend; a break.
Who said that’s the way it should be? Who has set that trend in stone? Yes, I hear the rebuttals, the excuses, the passive mentality that shouts, “That’s just the way things are!” And yes, that may be so in your current existence, but let’s ask two things: 1) When did “things” become our master? 2) Do we not have a choice in this matter?
I have asked myself those same questions. And as a result, I am learning, my mind is being renewed, and I am making the necessary choices so that “things” do not become my master. Culture is not to be my master. The opinions of others are not to be my master. The expectations of others are not to be my master. Time is not my master. The calendar is not my master.
None of these things are inherently “evil” but if they become my master then they are deemed evil. (See 1 Corinthians 6:12, Galatians 4:9 & Chapter 12 in the book Divine Design for Discipleship)
Jesus Christ is to be my Master.
He is to be the Master and Lord over the “culture” of my life, my time, and my calendar. As the Psalmist proclaims, “My times are in your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me” (Psalm 31:15). The enemies you need to be delivered from are probably not flesh and blood enemies but the enemy of culture (its mentalities, habits, assumptions, expectations, and opinions) because they seek to do in your life what David’s physical enemies desired to do to him.
- Lay a secret net for your feet and strength (V.4)
- Trouble your soul (mind, will, emotions) (V.7)
- Take away your life (V.13)
- Fill your ears with lies and fears (V.13, 18, 20)
For you to be delivered from such enemies your “times” are going to have to be left in God’s hand. “Times” just means the events and experiences that take place within time (See Strong’s #06256). So, your times need to be put in the hand of God. When you put each moment in God’s hand, God can put His hand in each moment! (Please, read that statement again) The fingerprint of God can touch and be left upon every event of your life.
Instead of rushing through five days, lusting after and looking forward to one or two days off, each moment of every day can be touched by the fingerprint of God. The closeness of God and the reality of His presence can be felt in every moment of every day not just on our “days off.”
Jesus also put it this way, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).
As a mentor of mine often says, “When you see the word “therefore” find out what it is there for.” So in doing that you will find Jesus’ exhortation as:
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (V.32-33)
o By not laying up treasures on earth but in heaven (V.19-21)
o By focusing on the light – the right things (V.22-23)
o By serving, loving, and being loyal to God, not money (V.24)
Maybe looking forward to a day off is a negative symptom of a bigger issue: Love of Stuff.
Which is connected to another issue: we need money for stuff. We need more money for more stuff.
Which is connected to another issue: we are working primarily for the money to acquire the stuff.
Which is connected to another issue: we are working as a slave to stuff instead of worship to God.
Which is connected back to the issue at hand: we are, therefore, always looking forward to a day off.
Pause. Reflect. Breathe deeply. Pray. Ask the Father – Is this happening in my current life?
If so, there is always hope and grace in Christ to make changes.
Some of God’s desire toward us is reflected in the following thoughts:
o Colossians 3:17 NKJV - And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
o Colossians 3:23 NKJV - And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
o Proverbs 23:4 NKJV - Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
o 1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV - Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
o Ephesians 2:10 NKJV - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
o 2 Corinthians 6:16b NKJV - For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."
Because of the grace of God provided through the finished work of Jesus Christ, if you have acknowledged Christ as your Lord and Savior, God dwells in you. Therefore, in what you do, in whatever you face, His presence is there! His kingdom of peace and joy is there!
It is no so much what you do that makes the work significant but who you do it for and with. The “who” is to be the Lord. This is exactly why I stopped looking forward to a day off! God’s presence is in the NOW, in the whatever, wherever, and whenever. It is in the awareness of His presence in me and with me that delight is found.
And where delight is, desires are fulfilled. The psalmist said, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.” (Psalm 37:3-6)
Just maybe your delight in Him each day will give you the direction and courage needed to go after the job that you really desire in your heart though it’s been buried by culture, expectations, fears, calendars, opinions of others, or love of money! A job that you do for Him, with Him, and because He created you for that type of “good work” when you were born again in Christ.
Just maybe…Just maybe…that’s why I, scratch that, why YOU stopped looking forward to a day off!
Until next time, grace and peace in Jesus’ name.
Thanks again for your time. I pray this has helped you put your times in His hands.