Balance Needed in Work
There’s a balance needed in work. It’s not unusual for a person building a business to work 80 hours or more a week. A 40-hour work week will rarely, if ever, be possible when operating your own business, but too many hours reflects a gross imbalance of priorities. No one can maintain the correct balance between work, family, and God when working more than 60 hours per week. There may be periods when excess working hours are necessary, but relationships will suffer. If you can’t apply the right priority to your time, seek wisdom from the Lord. Ask for correct priorities, or remove the temptation to overwork by shutting down or selling the company. A mentor can also help you set boundaries and give warnings you may not see. No business is worth more than your marriage or family or neglecting to rest and fellowship with believers. Make sure you listen to your spouse and children as much as your employees or partners at work. They need your attention and your presence.
Honor the Sabbath every week. The Bible says that “There are 6 days when you may work; but on the 7th day is a day of Sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You’re not to do any work; wherever you live, it’s a Sabbath to the Lord.” (Leviticus 23:3) Now all work we do should be as unto the Lord so that when people see us they literally see Christ working through us. Let’s exhibit common sense, diligence, and excellence in work so we glorify Him and love our families.
And if you’re working crazy hours to pay off credit card debt, Christian Credit Counselors can create a debt management plan specifically for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.