If you know anything about me at all, you know that I am a stay-at-home-mom. Since that is my life and it is what I know, that is the viewpoint with which I have approached this month of unplugging. My sister pointed out to me that maybe I needed to keep people who work outside the home in mind, and then my Sunday school lesson last week directly addressed this problem, so I felt this post was meant to be!
According to Forbes, 64% of people spend time on non-work related websites while they are being paid to work. That is almost unbelievable, isn’t it?
There are so many Bible verses that tell us that this is wrong:
Colossians 3:23 instructs is to “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
2 Thessalonians 3: 6-9 really lays it out for believers, saying “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.”
It is not right to waste our time at work, guys, for a couple of reasons. First, it is a bad example to unbelievers. God has placed us in whatever position we are in at the moment for a specific reason, and we need to always be aware of that. We need to always work for God’s glory.
Secondly, when we are at work, we are being paid to work. Even if you aren’t being held accountable to the person who is paying you, you will be held accountable by God.
Challenge #19 – When you are on the clock at work, do not look at any websites that are not work-related. Don’t do any online shopping, return a Facebook message, or quickly check your Twitter feed.
While I won’t be personally completing this challenge (since I obviously don’t work outside of the home) I know that this will be really difficult, especially if you are in the habit of spending a lot of time online at your job. I know that you will find it beneficial in the end, though.
Let me know how it goes!