I admit it: this blog post is both a confession and request for prayer. I’m a workaholic, and I know it. I’m prayerfully seeking the Lord’s help to learn how to rest and play – and give myself permission to enjoy it. In that process, I’ve begun to realize what workaholism is costing me:
- Enjoyment in my work. Workaholics like me often work hard in order to get personal and psychological affirmation from others. When you work for that purpose, you never really enjoy the work for what it is.
- Focused time with God. I’m faithful in my Bible study and prayer time, but that doesn’t mean I’ve always taken sufficient time just to be with God and meditate on His goodness. That’s hard to do when you’re always thinking about something else to do.
- Time to think. As I write this post, I’ve actually spent the last few hours just relaxing – no phone, no computer, no writing. I’m realizing how much I need more times like these so I can focus and think more clearly when I need to do so.
- Time with my wife. I’m embarrassed to admit this failure, but I’ve not spent nearly the time I need to just walking with my wife, holding her hand, and talking about life. When work gets in the way of these things, something’s clearly amiss.
- Retreats for writing. Of course, I write these blog posts every day. What I haven’t done is set aside intentional time to finish a couple of books I’ve started. Instead, I’ve allowed other work to get in the way of projects I’d really rather be doing.
- Genuine rest in God. Few things are as sweet as really resting in God – having complete peace with Him in the daytime and sleeping deeply in His arms at night. Because we always have something else on our mind, we workaholics seldom get there.
- Time with others I love. I’ve already mentioned my wife, but I add to that list my extended family and the men I’ve mentored through the years. I’ve too often missed opportunities to hang out with them because of my work commitments.
- Blessings of God. This issue is the one that is most challenging me today. God’s been incredibly good to me, but I’m aware that my workaholism is, at its foundation, idolatry. Unless I confess that idolatry and turn from it, I lose God’s blessing.
Please pray for me. And, if you’re a workaholic, too, let us know how we can pray for you. Thanks for lending an ear to me today.