I recently observed an article on the “internet news” the other evening about a guy in Germany who had just RETIRED from his “government job,” and sent a message out to all his friends and co-workers, thanking them for a wonder job…. A job he had spent the last 14 years doing absolutely nothing.
“…I was FREE of the drudges of WORK. I worked in a “work-free” environment…”
He said that he had gone to work every day but NEVER did any work. Of course, it went viral; and he re-posted, explaining that it wasn’t his fault that he didn’t do any work, that his superiors kept moving “work-loads,” such, that he just didn’t have anything to do. I have let this “revelation” settle in now for several days, and realized; that like that man in Germany…. I didn’t have to work either. Yelp….that’s right folks…. I was FREE of the drudges of WORK. I worked in a “work-free” environment.
I think I quit having to work sometime in 1984. Probably, in reality, I didn’t really work from about 1973 until today. It’s not that I’m rich (shudder the thought….re-distribution???)….NO….it’s because….get this: I NEVER really felt like I was at work. Sure, I went to the office every day, and I pushed the pencil around, made important decisions, and then later, banged on the computer, and pretty much…. I’ve been banging ever since. I qualify this scenario…. Of not working…. Like this: I had work to do…. Plenty of it, too, but “my work….NEVER felt like WORK. It was, almost, effortless. The reason was…. I LOVED what I was doing… while at work. It was a “dream come true.” I ALWAYS jumped out of bed early, and just couldn’t get to work fast enough, so that I could do “no work,” while at work. Think now: I was at “my work,….. my job…. my business.” Being at work, was like being on VACATION. In fact, I loved work (or not working) so much, that I dreaded going on vacations; and consequently…. I took “very few,” excepting periodic 3-day (long weekends). The ten years previous, from 1973-83, which I didn’t own the company, I was accorded the privileges of ownership. So… I didn’t work there either. I hope you’re not missing the point here…. I enjoyed my work, my job, so much… that “it” NEVER seemed like work.
I look at my relationship with Christ, Our Lord God, the exact same way. Worshiping God, praying to God, Adoring God, conversating with God, going about the “business of God” …..all that stuff is fun (not work) for me. I look forward to it. It’s not a burden to me, it’s like being on vacation 7 days a week. When I get up each morning, I can’t wait to get into the routine of “serving God.” I’m not saying, now, that I’m all that good at it. I don’t think that I’ll win any medals in Heaven; but God will KNOW that I showed up EVERYDAY, ready…Willing…and able. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 – But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
… Blessings… cjlb…11/8/14.