Tomorrow’s the dreaded Monday, the day that the majority of students go back to school and the majority of adults go back to work. For some, Monday is just another day spent at the office working on the computer and dealing with difficult people. For some, this week is just going to be like any other, spent slaving away for another paycheck. For some, life has become nothing more than a chore. If only time could be paused, if only it was possible to rewind and relive those days when everything wasn’t so… boring, right?
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to become one of those people. I don’t want to be stuck behind a desk five days a week then spend my two days off cleaning and running errands to get ready for yet another week at the office. To me, that sound’s absolutely dreadful. I understand that there are some people who do this and actually enjoy it. I applaud those who find meaning in their work and everyday lives.
What saddens me, though, is that some people do this and do NOT enjoy it.
When do people go from living to just simply existing? Maybe it’s when they stop trying. For some, ambitions are slowly fading away. All hope they had in doing something meaningful with their lives now seems almost completely lost. I feel sorry for the people who choose to drift through life and not take hold of the vibrant future they could have if they only stopped caring about maintaining their “comfortable lifestyle.” Why do people spend so much time working at a job they don’ t even like just to see another paycheck they can spend on things they convince themselves they need?
I’m not meaning to rant or make people feel bad for working hard. There is nothing wrong with trying to make a living. Instead, my point is this: I believe that life is truly worth living when we strive for something that isn’t about ourselves.
Long hours spent behind a desk typing on a computer are not pointless, but if that is all you are ever doing with the gift of life God has given you, can you even consider yourself to be living?
There are people around the world at this very moment that are hungry and scared. They may not know the love and forgiveness that God has to offer. Why are we not helping? Why are we trying to make a living for ourselves and our families, but not make a difference for others who don’t even have two percent of the things we have that we so willingly waste- things like money, our belongings, our time, and our abilities. If we say we really love God and we want to follow Him, then we’ve got to live outside of the office and make His name and glory known, not for our sake, but for others’.
For some, this may mean donating money or volunteering for a worthy cause. For others, this may mean selling belongings, even houses, and venturing out into the land of the brokenhearted just to show that love truly does exist.
We shouldn’t spend our lives in endless cycles. We should never stop trying to make a difference in this world.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts 20: 35)