Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Are we Making Work for ourselves?
There is a verse in Luke 12:27 '' Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.''
Matthew Henry says, '' Our inordinate cares are owing to the weakness of our faith; for a powerful practical belief of the all-sufficiency of God, his covenant-relation to us as a Father, and especially his precious promises, relating both to this life and that to come, would be mighty, through God, to the pulling down of the strong holds of these disquieting perplexing imaginations.''
Now you may think, what on earth has this to do with making work for ourselves? However, if our expectations of what we actually need are wrong, then it can throw our whole life off kilter. Are we grasping for what the world has, are we looking to the world's standards in what possessions we own? This is one of the areas we can end up making work for ourselves, as we are constantly trying to keep up.
Worry will waste time, and this verse is a good reminder that we don't need to worry, it is infact futility to worry.
So, now we are off on the right foot, can we see ways where we are actually making work for ourselves, or even wasting time.
One thing is for sure, as the mother of ten lively children, it would be futility for me to expect my house to be pristine 24/7. Nothing wrong with a clean, tidy house, but to constantly keep fretting about it will not help!
Worry not only is damaging, but it wastes time, too! Easy to say, not always easy to do. When a worry comes up, I am mindful of the verse to cast all your cares on God.
Are we busying ourselves for the sake of being busy, or is the work we are doing necessary? Some will say facebook, and other networking sites are timewasters, but so is watching idle TV shows and doing jobs that are not even needed. We need to evaluate each thing, as it comes. For example, TV may be a time waster, or it may be edifying. What is definitely wrong, is if we are watching soaps, and unedifying programmes which seek to tear people down. Also, if we are on sites such as Facebook just to gossip. Not just a time waster, but also sinful, and at one time, I think we have all been guilty.
There just isn't enough hours in the day, is there? So I establish a priority for what needs to be done. First, I make sure the washing is done before bed, and if necessary more is put on in the morning. That way I can put it out as soon as possible. Then I make sure the meals are planned for the week. That way, I can do my weekly shop easier, and don't waste time. Then the next goal is cooking the evening meal, and dessert, and making sure the schoolwork is done in between. Chores are done throughout the day, and I have to insist they are done. Getting our priorities will save us from wasting time, and having a routine will give order. For each of us, these will differ. So, we need to look carefully, and ask yourselves, am I doing needless chores, where am I making extra work for myself, and how can I be more efficient, do it quicker. After all this is what all the most sucessful businesses do, and something that constantly needs to be evaluated.