Monday, March 18, 2013

Merciful Monday: Work Hard, Sleep Well

Has there ever been a time when you have been unsatisfied with your job or career? Have you ever felt like the work that you do is meaningless? There is nothing wrong with wanting to better ourselves, but we should not be full of discontent when it comes to our jobs. Ecclesiastes chapter 5 says that we should enjoy “work done under the sun during the short life God has given us” (5:18). Furthermore, it states that “to enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this indeed is a gift from God” (5:19).

This reminds me of Hannah’s post on Saturday, encouraging us that no matter where we are right now, we are there for a reason. You should enjoy your job (or maybe lack thereof) right now because you never know what the alternative could be. So remember to work hard and do your best despite your current situation. The bible gives this practical advice: those that work hard sleep well!

I found these fun facts about careers and sleep:

According to a study, the 10 most sleep deprived jobs in America are:
            1. Home Health Aides 
2. Lawyers
3. Police Officers
4. Physicians, Paramedics
5. Economists
6. Social Workers
7. Computer Programmers
8. Financial Analysts
9. Plant Operators
10. Secretaries

According to the same study, the 10 most well-rested jobs in America are:
1. Forest, Logging Workers
2. Hairstylists
3. Sales Representatives
4. Bartenders
5. Construction Workers
6. Athletes
7. Landscapers
8. Engineers
9. Aircraft Pilots
10. Teachers

From the International Business Times at

Merciful Mondays: Jael
For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 4:31

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