The Plans of Tomorrow
Owning a business has been a very difference experience for me after spending nearly 30 years in the military. During my years in the service, the mission was pretty clear cut with fairly well defined boundaries. Very different from what we are doing now, especially during this year of expansion.
Our job is a lot like being on a crab boat…the only difference is the cold weather and Bearing sea. You work when it’s hot, rainy (set up and teardown), when you don’t feel good and when stuff is going on at home…it’s all part of it. At least if you breakdown, you don’t have to worry about drifting in the ocean!
I’m working hard to adjust the schedules to allow the ‘young guys’ to be at home as much as possible during the year. I want them to understand there has to be balance in life and that their home life is just as important to me as their work.
Have you looked at your priorities lately? Do they need adjusting? While there are times when you have little choice in your work environment, you do have the ability to plan your leisure time.
The Plans of Tomorrow
by Os Hillman
“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” – James 4:14b
A group of workplace believers meet at my office every week for fellowship, study, and prayer. One man attended our group for several years. Jim was well liked and in good health. One Thursday he showed up as usual. The next morning I received a call, “Jim is dead! He died in his easy chair last night!” Jim had no prior problems and there was no indication he was about to go be with the Lord. Naturally, it came as a shock to us all.
Whenever things like this happen close to home, it brings us face to face with our mortality. A friend of mine said he was challenged by someone to do an experiment. He challenged him to live his life for one year as if it were the last year he would live. He responded to the challenge and did as proposed. It changed his life forever. He began to focus on different priorities and people when he viewed life in these terms.
James gives us a perspective on viewing tomorrow.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).
Life is fragile. Consider where you are investing your time and energies. Someone once said they had never heard anyone on his deathbed say that he wished he had made more money in his lifetime or he wished he had made a certain deal. Usually it is something like, “I wish I had spent more time with my kids.” Ask the Lord to give you His priorities for your life.