9 to 5: Walking in the Workplace
My dog Zuno loves to go for a run in the morning. The rest of the day, however, he is disengaged. He has met his exercise quota and is done. It’s easy to do the same with God. We have time in prayer or in His word, check—now off to the rest of our day. Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century monk, set the bar on walking with God through the day. In the little book, The Practice of the Presence of God, he details the working out of a commitment to spend every moment of every day with God. Here is a quote:
“Think often of God; do so by day and by night, in your business and even during diversions. The Lord is always near you. He is with you. For your part, never leave him alone. It would be rude, don’t you think, to leave a friend all alone who had come to visit? Why is it then, that God is so often neglected?”
Frank Laubach, a minister and missionary in the 1930’s, picked up where Brother Lawrence left off:
“One question now to be put to the test is this: Can we have that contact with God all the time? All the time awake, fall asleep in his arms, and awaken in His presence? Can we attain that? Can we do His will all the time? Can we think His thoughts all the time? . . . Is this obtainable? Any hour of any day may be made perfect by merely choosing. It is perfect if one looks toward God that entire hour, waiting for His leadership all through the hour and trying hard to do every tiny thing exactly as God wishes it done, as perfectly as possible. No emotions are necessary.” (Excerpt from Letters by a Modern Mystic and Gone with Minutes.)
Paul puts it this way:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,. . .” (Colossians 3: 23 NIV)
God does not change. He is with us in all things. Will we take Him into the board room, teleconference, classroom, or preschool? Our walk with God doesn’t stop when we enter the office or when we head to school in the morning. Stay together.
Questions for the Week:
1) Create a playlist of worship songs that you can easily access. Get your kids to help. They will know some great songs or bands you may not be familiar with like Gungor, Addison Road, and Rapture Ruckus. What are five favorites?
2) Add a Bible app, a daily devotional, or verse for the day to your phone or e-mail. What verse stood out this week?
3) During what break in your day can you focus on God through worship, prayer, or time in the Bible? (Quick is ok.)
4) Where are other times you can grab time with God? Drive time? Wait time?
5) Compare notes as a family. Where did you grab time with God? How did you spend that time? What were the results?