All Work & No Play: Working the Summer Away
“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 2:14-15.
Scrolling through Instagram this morning, I saw bright ice cream cones, old-fashioned breakfast shops, laughing faces, jumping on the beach, and just general joy over this never-ending summer. I’m getting ready to lead a 3 hour meeting at work starting at 9am, after that I have a check-in with my boss that I’m nervous about, and I’m feeling really unprepared for a work event from 5pm to 8pm. While mentally planning through a tough work week, the ease of the Instagram summers beckoned to me. Why did they get to have all the fun? Don’t I deserve a break? It’s the best time of year and I’m missing the entire season.
Then it hit me- I had my time in the sun. Literally and metaphorically. How many summers have I romped around, working at summer camps or lazing by a pool? We have many different seasons in our lives, but they don’t always match the season on the calendar. Now is not the time for taking a break for me; it’s a time of preparation. This is a time of working hard, learning the ropes of this new job, and saving up money.
Either way, I will spend most of this summer inside. Do I want to let negativity and bitterness seep in, ruining my attitude and making my days even longer? No. I want to embrace where I’m at and find enjoyment where I can. I’m going to challenge myself to find joy in accomplishment and productivity and find adventure in what each workday holds.
God, please open the eyes of my heart. I want to see you each day in my office. Whisper your truth in my ear and show me how to choose your peace and comfort over my own negativity. May I be a source of light and joy.
WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER