8 Maids a Milking
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a long list of tasks to do! I know, I know — that’s not the type of gift I think any of us had on our Christmas lists. Yet here we are, living in the real world, which somehow includes balancing our time to include socializing, family, self-care, devotionals, wellness, and (possibly the strictest) requirement — work. By this point of the year, it’s not just the short days and extra shopping expectations that have me feeling a little more tired.
There’s this mental fatigue that comes from working through December. Many of us might be working to meet end-of-year job expectations, or we’re feeling a bit frustrated with being in the same position career-wise that we began a year. We may have had resolutions in January that we now realize we didn’t achieve, and the days are running out for this year. This is a season of starts and stops, when holidays are breaking up the normal flow of work weeks and task completions. As soon as we seem to get into a regular routine, it gets interrupted by one more trip, an office Christmas party, a surprise house guest.
In the midst of all this chaos, it can be easy to push work into the backseat in favor of time for ourselves or our families. While we may feel frustrated with the end of the year, or like we’re simply spinning our wheels until the new year brings a new start, this could instead be a season of self-reflection. When we see our jobs as just another aspect of growing older, or a burden on our time and energy, we forget the God who made us, who crafted us with skills and passions, who enabled us to pursue our current careers. If this sounds like you, consider Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Imagine if we went into our offices each day with the attitude of following God’s directions, rather than those of our bosses. Our perspectives, behaviors, conversations, and quality of work would look vastly different!
Maybe you’re like me right now, feeling like the next few weeks of work are just an obstacle to get through before our lives reset. Maybe you’re questioning why God has you in a certain job, or looking for a new position to meet your calling. What is one of your favorite ways you handle the stress of your job? Do you have any verses that help you re-focus your heart-set when work becomes too much?