This past week I was in Hawaii with James and I learned something interesting.
To many living on that island, most of their life revolved around their time spent with family or hanging out at the beach (surfing in the ocean) – NOT around what they did for work.
In fact, most places actually closed at 3pm – so most of the people could enjoy the rest of their evening rather than spend it at work until 5 or 6pm.
Living in California, a very westernized, forward thinking, trend-setting, hustle culture state, I’ve found that most of our lives revolve around “work” and our occupations.
When in reality, while the work that we do here on this planet is valuable and the Lord has given each of us talents to use, it’s not truly what matters the MOST.
What matters is spending time with the people you love – knowing them, loving them, seeing them. And if we are constantly pouring ourselves into our jobs and not taking time to stop and ENJOY our life – it will be gone before we know it.
I think so often much of what the world tells us is work work work until you can retire. When you can retire, then you can enjoy the rest of your life.
But by then, most of your life and youth will have passed you by – and also, how much more difficult it will be for you to travel when you’re in your 70’s vs when you’re in your 20’s or 30’s.
Why does the world tell us that we need to do this in order to live?
I’ve been thinking some deep stuff since returning from the lifestyle of the Hawaiians, and it’s kind of hit me hard that our job shouldn’t be our life.
Don’t miss this. Our JOB and the career that we have – should encompass our whole life.
Because then, doesn’t it become an idol? If we focus more on that than we do the Lord, or our family whom we love?
So what’s the point of this talk today.
My point is this: don’t believe the lie that you need to work 24 hours a day, all the time, worrying about your business or that next email or that next wedding or that next client.
If you do that, you could spend your whole life worrying and stressed out!
And I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I want my life to be.
Instead, take time to slow down. To stop. To ENJOY where you’re at – not worrying about where you’re going next.
The Lord even calls us to STOP worrying.
Matthew 6:25-34: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin”
So why do we spend our whole lives stressed out, working until we’re exhausted because we are worried about our next paycheck. When INSTEAD, we should be enjoying our life, and viewing our job as a BLESSING and a PRIVLEGE that we get to do to bless others.
Here’s how we can apply this practically:
I’m not saying stop going to work. That would be unwise, because in reality, you probably do need some income to live.
Instead, I’m saying don’t make your work your life. Set boundaries, and hold them strong.
Take Sundays off to be with family and don’t compromise that. That email can wait.