This was talked about some by Lou and I’d like to get some more thoughts on when you find yourself working too much. Personally, I really, really enjoy work, especially hard-work, so it’s sometimes difficult to put my work down and build relationships with those around me.
I know I have these terrible habits which prioritize and perhaps even idolize my work above God and others. My faith is not supposed to be such an individual thing and I’m not supposed be so individualistic in my day to day life. I want to break free from my work and go love those around me more!
Now, I worry that if I let my grades drop my teachers and my peer will think that I don’t care as much. I want to respect my teachers by completing the work they give me to the highest standard; with my peers I want them to know that when I am given a task I take it seriously and will do it to the best of my abilities. I represent God in all that I do and I want to represent God and Christianity well. I don’t want to put out any work that is half hearted and shows a lack of care, and thus I’m stuck up past midnight doing work that isn’t as important as I allow it to be.
God is so good and he has taught me a lot in the past year about not valuing my work so much, but there is more for me to learn.
Last semester I tried making relationship building a part of my daily work thinking this would help me build some good habits, but I largely failed to get the ball rolling. I’ll try again this semester allotting time to relationship building and asking some of my friends to hold me accountable.
In your life, what have you done to break away from working too much? How did you know you were working too much especially if it was a good thing that you were working on? For example, if you’re a pastor how do you know when you’ve spent too much time writing the sermon?
What are some healthy habits that have worked for you?
How do I know when I’ve spent too much time on a project? How do I know when I’ve missed the point?