The Antidote for Workaholics
By nature, I can easily become a workaholic.
It is very hard for me to stop and rest, though I know I need it.
But if I’m really honest about it, it would probably be better to say I am addicted to work.
Maybe to some of you, that just sounds weird—or wrong.
But some of you might totally understand.
I love the thrill of checking off another item on my to-do list.
But there is a problem when that satisfaction becomes a driving need to keep checking more and more off that never-ending list.
Inevitably, I will burn out.
This is a sobering thought, which makes me think that the great sin behind workaholism is actually pride.
I believe that I can keep going and suffer no ill-effects. I fail to see that I am merely a creature with limits and have believed that I am like God, able to go on indefinitely.
Hmm…that suspiciously sounds a bit like the lie Satan whispered to Eve in Eden (Gen. 3:5).
Oh how we want to be like God! We think that by just doing one more thing, we can somehow achieve a new superpower.
Ironically, though, it is just the opposite. We run ourselves into the ground, stressed, cranky, and unhappy.
The antidote? Rest for one day each week.
He’s not even asking for the whole weekend!
(For those of you who do not suffer this problem, you may have a different tone to that statement: Just one? I’ll address that in another post!)
In her insightful Bible study, The Promised One, Nancy Guthrie makes this observation:
“Mankind is not the reason for God’s creation of the heavens and the earth. Humans are not the focus of the creation story. The glory of God is at the heart of creation. We were created to glorify the creator and enjoy him forever. And God established this by setting a pattern for humanity: to set aside one day for worship.”
The pinnacle of the creation story is not the sixth day but the seventh.
This defines who we are and what we are made to do.
We are made to worship God.
When we do not stop to do this, we will inevitably worship a lesser one.
For us, as a pastor’s family, Sunday is not our day of rest.
But that doesn’t mean that we get a pass. We just need to find another one.
So we chose Saturday instead. It is a day to sleep in, enjoy good food, fellowship, and even serve others.
For those of us who tend to be workaholics, rest is a discipline.
But it is a necessary one.
I’m still learning about this, so stay tuned for more.
I hope you’ll join me as we grow together. Workaholics unite!
My prayer is that when we rest, we love the Lord and honor Him. As we understand our creatureliness, we will grow in worship.
And that’s what we’re made for.