Thursday, May 21, 2009

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

I've been reading through Proverbs, taking one chapter a week with some friends. We are on Proverbs 10 this week and I was reflecting on the following two verses this morning.

Proverbs 10:4-5:

4 Lazy hands make a man poor,
but diligent hands bring wealth.

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

How we doing on working hard in our homes? Are we being diligent about taking care of our house? At the end of the day can we look back and know that we've done our best for the Lord. Are we gathering "crops" and producing fruit in our homes?

To be honest, there are many times when I seem to hardly work. Oh, I will do the basics (cooking, laundry, school) but I do allow quite a few time wasters to gobble up my productivity.

One of the biggest is the computer. The other day, I realized that I had sat in this chair for almost two hours!! It is so easy to get caught up in email, different websites and "research" that your time slips away. Even though, many days it's only 15 minutes here or there, it does add up. I'm sure there are days when the amount of time is much more than 2 hours if you add up all the 15 minutes.

I did some calculations and if I spend 2 hours a day (that is low-balling it), 7 days a week, 52 weeks per year sitting here, that is 728 hours or the equivalent of 4.3 weeks parked in front of the computer! YIKES!!!!! Think of all the things that could be accomplished with that time. How many projects could be done? How much more time could be spent focusing on my family?

Let's be diligent with the time we have. There are so many things to be done for the Lord. Let's not look back on our lives and wish we had done things differently. Let's be faithful stewards of our days!