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1. I don’t like to drink water.
2. Working hard doesn’t bring you happiness.
How that for two random thoughts? Perhaps you think they have nothing to do with each other, yet ahhh, they do.
I’ll confess. I have an obsession. Work. I’m determined to get that fuzzy, “I’ve accomplished so much today!” feeling. Only it generally ends with the, “good gravy, I didn’t get enough done, feeling.”
And then there’s this kind of person. (They annoy me a tad. Shhh. Don’t tell.) “I’m bored. I have nothing to do.” Are you kidding me? Seriously~are you without brain, scarecrow? There is ALWAYS something to do. The real problem is that we are not bored. We are too lazy to put up the energy to get up and do one of the million things there are to do. So really, they should say, “I’m lazy. I can’t work up the inclination to rise and do one of the gazillion things I should be doing.”
There that’s better and more accurate, wouldn’t you think? Because face it. There’s always something to do. And I work hard doing it, every day, all day long. Like right now there is a dishful of dirty dishes and a laundry room full of clothes to wash, plus the long list of “to-do’s” for my day job. And here I sit pecking at the computer.
And the harder and longer I work the more exhausted I get. Run down, drained. Devoid of water. Oh, yeah. I’m slipping in that water. Because at two p.m. just when my body wants to say, “I give!” I take a sip of water, well, a chug really since I haven’t had any water since breakfast, and almost instantly, I feel better!
Now why did I resist the water? Not sure. Know what else I resist? God’s scripture. And it does the same exact thing for my life. It revives me, reminds me why I’m alive. Gives me purpose and hope.
Why do I resist it, you ask? I’m working, of course! I’m that doing kind of person. Wake up early. Get it done. Like yesterday. And hurry. Ahead of schedule so you can squeeze in two more projects. That’s me.
I’ll tell you a secret. Sometimes I wish I were that kind of person who says, “I’m bored. I have nothing to do.” I know I’ve confused you. Go ahead. Ask why.
They know how to stop.
How magical is that?
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Psalm 127:2
Yep. There’s even a Scripture for that. Yet another one I need to take to heart. Little Miss Busy feel uncomfortable just . . . resting. It feels wrong. Except on Sunday, I can usually do that, but it’s a chore. Why? Not sure. Pride? Well, that’s a whole ‘nother post. Yeesh. Don’t open that barrel!
Shhh. Rest. Take a deep breath and read God’s word. Relax into it. Breathe it. Eat it. Become it. Yes, I’m preaching to myself. You can pull up a chair if ya want. Or. . . we could BUILD a chair. Yeah! No, let’s make it a bench. It will seat way more people. Cool! From two by fours, slat style, and stain it, no, pickle it, no, paint it—ahem. Sorry. Let me start again.
1. I don’t like to drink water . . . .
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