It is another day and another laundry list of to-dos.
You wake up every single day and the list just gets longer. If I can be honest, I admit that at times I get upset when I start to think about how much there is to do each day. Recently though, I had a real “come to Jesus moment.” All my murmuring and complaining about work landed inside the ears of the wrong persons…my children. My daughter actually said that she didn’t desire to do the work that I do because “that is all Mommy does and she is always mad.” Wow, that really hurt. I realized that I was not being a good example of what it means “to work unto the Lord.” As a result, I could be shaping my heirs to desire little or no labor at all. Such desires will ruin their inheritance. Working is a part of their inheritance.
If you think of inheritance as only spiritual, financial, material, or physical then you are missing a very important aspect of the process of posterity. Endowments, good health, heirlooms, and integrity will certainly pass on to the next generation. Yet, you also need to know that the work involved to receive and preserve these items is also carried forward. The children of families that desire for these benefits to continue will receive the mantle of MORE WORK. Think about the patriarchs of the Bible and the prominent families in your culture. King David. President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Princess Diana, and Rev. Billy Graham. Look at their offspring today. What are they doing? Working.
Families who have a great call on their lives are passing on more work, not less, for their children to do.
Now, that is not to say that our generation is required to make more work for the next generation. We should not instigate war and corrupt our government such that the next generation has to fix it. More work means our children will inherit the mantle of continuing the work God began in the generation before. “Greater works than these will you do.”
In Genesis 1:28, God was telling his children to continue the work that He had already done and grow it. Those were not words only to Adam and Eve. I want to believe that the original Mother and Father on the earth hid that commandment in the hearts of all their offspring. Therefore, God is speaking those words in our hearts today. Be Fruitful and Multiply. Produce more. Work is not man’s punishment.
So, what do we do with these negative emotions towards so much work to do? If you are a bit overwhelmed by the workload, here’s what you need to do.
ACTION ITEM: Make time to detox so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed.
I personally love yoga and devotion in the morning before anyone is awake. This is time to avoid thinking about the workday ahead. Relax and enjoy some time just you and our Creator. (We should be thankful that He never sleeps or slumbers?.He is always on the clock. Praise Him!)
ACTION ITEM: Plan the day ahead and keep a tracking list or work diary.
Check out my post, How a Professional Keeps Track of Things
I know it is frustrating at times (especially when the leftover lists make the today list longer). But it helps you stay organized. It also helps you celebrate all that you have done when you check off some of those things. Tracking your accomplishments is not just helpful for you but it helps you outline routines. You’re also documenting history, guidelines, and milestone moments to pass on how-tos for the benefit of someone who may be doing the same thing one day, like your offspring.
ACTION ITEM: Split the work between cause-related work, operational tasks, and fulfillment projects.
Your day to day job is your operational tasks. That takes up enough of your day already. Take some hours for charitable work with civic and community partnerships. Then, do some fulfilling work towards your destiny. Create, demonstrate, minister, whatever makes your heart swell on the inside. Take about 10% of your week and just do that work.
How can you fit destiny in your work-life balance? Generally, your operational work or work towards being operational takes up about 70 hours of a seven day week. Therefore, your OCD – Operation – Cause – Destiny ratio likely looks a lot like 40-5-10. The remaining 45 percent is geared toward health/wellness/social activities such as meal, rest, soul care and family. And speaking of family, your family is NOT keeping you from your destiny. Believe me, your children need to see you working out your destiny in order for them to desire to go after theirs. This is not “me time” or “Mommy time”. It is destiny time. Destiny time is fulfillment; working to unpack the gift that God placed in you when you accepted His call on your life. That is part of your inheritance.
Lastly, if I learned anything about my daughter’s frank confession about my work. I know to be careful about my thoughts and what I speak about my work. Besides, according to scripture, the work is not about me anyway. Everything you do, do it unto the Lord.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24
Now Get UP and GO TO WORK!
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