This morning I walked back into the office from a week's vacation. The past week, I have taken off from mostly everything. I have done a few things here and there (funeral, phone calls, a few emails), but for the most part I was away from everything about my job. I even avoided blogging the past week. Actually that was not my intent, but moving into a new house without Internet made things difficult. So, I apologize to the five of you that missed the blog.
Anyways, getting back to the office is always an interesting feeling for me after a week or more out of it. There are always so many things backlogged for me to do and to think about. But can I tell you a secret? I sort of like it. I woke up a bit early this morning wanting to get into the office earlier so I could tackle this monster. I never want to feel like the picture states, however, I know that sometimes I do. Do you? Do you ever feel like you need a vacation from the pile of work that is waiting for you after vacation? If you do, hang in there. Maybe that is God's grace to you letting you know that you have job security. Maybe it is God's grace to you teaching you that you need to depend upon Him every day. Maybe all that work is God's grace to you as He is giving you an opportunity to reflect Him through your work ethic. Somehow, two passages from the Apostle Paul seem appropriate this morning:
"Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." (Philippians 2:14)
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
I hope you have a great day. I will try to dig myself out of this pile of work. And I will try to do it with a joyful heart, giving thanks in everything without complaining. Will you do that today as well?
If I were completely honest, I did really miss blogging this past week. Those were the first days that I had missed in several months. Last Tuesday, I remember telling my wife that I needed to run to the coffee shop so I could blog. She gave me that look of doom and reminded me I was on vacation. I told her, that blogging was not my job, and that I really enjoyed it. Anyways, I have some good ideas and some book reviews coming up in the next couple of weeks. I have some things I have been thinking about Christmas that I want to share with you. I hope these are helpful to someone out there in cyberspace. God bless,