7. The sticks in our lives (2)

Last time I discussed the main stick in our lives, the thing that is more solid than the straw in our lives, but less important than the bricks and that is our work. Our work is important and should be done to the best of our ability. Our work also consumes a lot of our time and is the place where we spend most of our time (if you take sleeping out of the equation). Therefore it is a big part of our lives.

But at the end of the day it is not the most important thing. It shouldn't consume more time than is necessary. Obviously there would be times when you spend more time at work, than other times, but when the long hours become the rule rather than the exception, then it is not healthy. I remember when I audited a big company here in South Africa, the people working in accounts joked that they worked such long hours that their own dogs barked at them and their children called them 'uncle', because they did not know who they were. They thought it was funny, but I didn't laugh. I was sad.

Because you know what, your work is not going to be there for you when disaster strikes. When you are diagnosed with cancer, will they come and sit with you through each chemotherapy session? When you are paralyzed in an accident, how often do you think the people from work will come and visit you after you have been laid off at work? When you go through a divorce due to your long hours at work, sure your buddies at work will think it is just normal and encourage you to go through with it, but will they be there when you are all alone in an old age home? When your children want nothing to do with you, because you weren't there for them, will the work invite you over for Christmas? Will they really care for you?

I can go on and on, but I am sure you get the point. No one on their death bed wishes that they spent more time at work. They long for time wasted not being with their loved ones.

Work is only a stick. If your house is solely built out if it, I have bad news my friend. The first big storm will blow it apart and what do you have left then?

As I said before, work is important, but it is not the most important thing. You need balance in your life. Work and do your best, but then leave and go be with those that matter the most. Work on the bricks in your life and make sure that you have a house that will not be blown apart in the first storm that comes your way.

Lord, help us to see what is more important in our lives. Help us to discern and know where to draw the line. You know best. Amen

2 comments for “7. The sticks in our lives (2)”

  1. Gravatar of RynoRyno
    Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:40:15 PM

    Magsvertoning. :)

    Amen.

  2. Gravatar of MariskaMariska
    Posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:48:10 AM

    As iemand vreemd jou uitvra, vertel jy hulle gewoontlik van jou werk. Ons dink dit bepaal ons waarde, maar dit doen nie. Dankie vir die kragtige beeld van die stokkies.

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