Whether you’re a hard worker, a workaholic, or neither, I commend to you these two recent posts.
On the flip side, Tim Challies interviews David Murray about workaholism as part of the Connected Kingdom podcast. As one who throws himself into his work and constantly struggles to keep everything in its proper place, I found it helpful and challenging. It’s worth your twelve minutes.
David shares a number of suggestions for overcoming workaholism:
- Take a full week off work in order to examine yourself in the light of God’s work. Ask your family if they think you’ve got work in the right place. Listen to your body.
- Confess workaholism to God.
- Take every Sunday off work.
- Memorize Psalm 127:1–2 and believe it.
- Set a reasonable number of working hours per week.
- Don’t answer email or make work-related phone calls on vacation.
- Schedule daily exercise and family time.
- Remember your created limits.
- Remember that the Lord has put a curse on work.
- Project yourself to your death bed.
See also these recent posts on the 40-Hour work week: