BEWARE OF WHAT MIGHT BE AN IDOL
How is it that what you think will be a walk in the park turns out to be like walking on hot coals? Last week, my Sunday Post was about taking a day of rest. After working for six days, the Lord rested on the seventh day. The seventh day, the day of rest is the only day that the Lord blessed, making me think it was extremely important.
We can’t talk to the Lord in person, so the Bible is our guide. Reading the Bible and trying to interrupt how it applies to our life is how we can be more like the Lord. He gives us examples in His word and in the life of Jesus Christ. The first act of God was to create the world, and then He rested. If we are to follow His example, then after working six days, we should take a day of rest.
I had been listening to a sermon on this subject and wanted to try and incorporate it into my life. However, there is a problem… I’m a workaholic. I knew it would be a struggle for me, so I listened to the sermon again on the way to my sister’s house.
As I got to the end of the sermon, several praise songs were being sung. I absolutely LOVE the song, Holy, Holy, Holy, and when I wake up in the middle of the night, that is the song I sing in my mind. So, when this song came on, I started singing along with them at the top of my lungs. You can do that when you are traveling by yourself, and no one is there to give you a look that says, “you can’t hold a tune at all” Lol!
I started getting emotional while singing the song, and then I topped a hill, and there was a 60ft. metal cross on the side of the road. I’ve seen these crosses before, there’s one close to my home, but this one took me by surprise. It was almost as if the Lord was giving me a sign, a 60ft. tall one, that I needed to obey.
While I was at my sister’s, I started thinking about how I would be able to take a day of rest and still do a daily blog post. So, on Thursday, I worked hard and scheduled Friday and Saturday’s posts ahead of time. Then, when Friday morning rolled around, I tried not to do any work. That meant no emails could be answered or sent; no comments could be made by me, no Instagram posts; I couldn’t do anything. My DIL helped me by answering some comments, and the emails had to wait until Saturday morning.
Here is the thing…I was miserable. It drove me batty not to pick up my phone to see if someone had a question I needed to answer. Once I got home, I took a nap, fixed myself something to eat, made Joe take me riding around, and then I played for a while on my phone. I also went to bed at 9:15 because I was so bored.
When Saturday rolled around, I was so thrilled to be able to work again. How crazy is that? Here is what I’ve learned; this was a simple task that might be a walk in the park for some but was hard for me. I realized I NEEDED to obey this command because it ISN’T a walk in the park. It is a struggle for me, and I am in danger of letting my work become an idol.
1 John 5:21
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
3″ You shall have no other gods before me.
8″ Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away fromGod’ss love for them.
I had never thought about my work being an idol, but it is possible that it was becoming one. This has become my identity, where I was going to find my worth, and I have been guilty of putting it before everything else.
I don’t have a statue of other gods, so I thought the “idol” passages in the Bible didn’t apply to me. Money is an idol that people struggle with; some struggle with relationships being an idol, but I never thought anyone in their right mind would consider working an idol.
When I looked up the definition of an idol, this is what I found. An idol is a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered. An idol doesn’t have to be a golden calf; it can be anything we admire, love, or revere. While there isn’t anything wrong with admiring or loving someone or something, it becomes an issue when we put it before God. I’ve been told that while I am in the “I’ve got to” stage right now; my day of rest will soon move to an” I get to” stage. So, no matter how hard I struggle with rest, I will find a way to rest one day a week. God comes first; work will have to wait.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!
My husband and I (both almost 62) we’re having a discussion tonight about how we feel our lives are all work during the week and chores all weekend. Something is missing. We decided that next week, we’d try to do more housekeeping during week to free up the weekends a bit! Then I read your post and realized the solution is to mind God’s day of rest! It is one of His blessings that has gotten away from us and I believe your post was God’s way of guiding us to a solution. Thank you!!
I love this… you are a blessing!
How wonderful that you are feeling called by the Spirit to search out God’s day of rest. In Genesis 2:1-3 it says that God completed his work and rested on the seventh day and that He blessed that particular day and set it apart as holy from other days. The first day of the week is Sunday and the seventh day of the week is Saturday. The day that God blessed and set apart for communion with Him is the seventh day, Saturday.
I know that is not what most people want to hear but if you are truly looking for truth it is something worth looking into and proving for yourself. May God bless you on your journey.
Ann, that work’s great for me since Saturday is going to be my day of rest. I picked that day for a lot of reasons, but it is nice to know that it was a great choice.
Wise words, Tania! Thank you ♥️
I was always devoted to my job and the great company I worked for. I used to say “ as long as I am never asked to do anything immoral or illegal, I owe it to the company to perform”
One day God spoke to me in an almost audible voice —“it’s become immoral for you” I asked “what has” and he answered “your job— it’s become your god” — yikes!
I continued to struggle with letting go and keeping priorities right until I retired, it’s not easy. We have to remember who we are first and foremost. The things of this world will all pass away.
Tania, this is another beautiful and very applicable post. In really thinking about what you wrote, a wonderful company, Chick-Fil-A came to mind. Think about why they are closed on Sundays and how well that company is doing. I think all of us can learn from them! Have a blessed day!
That is your first blog that I have read every single word. Usually I scan, read highlights, click, and browse pictures. But this resonated with me. I am not what you would call religious, but I am spiritual. So I’m guessing I also needed this. So thank you❤️
Do you remember when stores weren’t open on Sunday? We went to church, had lunch, sometimes with friends and RESTED. I have gone back to that And I really appreciate my rest day. I don’t buy anything and fix food ahead so when I get home from church I can have lunch. I read and have a little nap and just enjoy the day.
Great reminder! Enjoy your day of rest and tell HIM you’re trying.
Thank you so much for this.
So well articulated and an inspirational reminder. The idol term and meaning will be a reflection for me to really ponder . . . Thank you.
I also had a very hard time (and sometimes still do) taking a day of rest in order to be obedient. It gets easier and now I look forward to it SO MUCH. Now I set aside certain books, youtube videos or projects for that day – often with a faith theme, but not always. It’s also a free for all eating day – every man for himself! Sometimes I even watch a movie – in the middle of the day!
Good reminder. I always thought Sunday was that rest day. But as you said apparently it doesn’t matter the day but Joe you use the day you decide is rest day. I really need to ponder this one!
I needed this today-
Holy Holy Holy is my favorite as well. Moms have a hard time taking time to rest.
I want to reply to your “Idol” blog. To be honest I had to stop looking at your blog. I read your Sunday post.
It’s a little fleshy. What I mean by that is I want my flesh to look good and started putting that above what God wanted for me. I felt the check in my heart. I need to look as becoming as I can but I don’t need to obsess over clothes, stuff, jewelry, my tan and the mirror.
I am more than what I look like.
Thank you for your insight and your faith.
Thank you for the sweet reminder that we should all take a day of rest.
Book : From Strength to Strength by Arthur Brooks is great on audio and addresses work, stages of life and spirituality from a social scientist perspective. I could relate to my workaholic stage and he offers some great tips to help transition and keep perspective as we age. Enjoy!
Or keep the Sabbath on the 7th day of the week. It’s an adjustment but it brings blessings
Tania. Your post today about idols spoke to me. I too am a workaholic. It took an unfortunately accident to help me put things in perspective. I am going to work hard that as I heal I don’t revert back to my former ways. Your post will be a reminder of that
Tania, We all love you and your content. I think we will all be OK with just six posts a week. Maybe that will make it easier for you to rest one day.
I struggled with the same “idol” when I was working. My colleagues finally got used to no responses from me over the weekend. Occasionally my manager would call on Saturday but most of his requests could be handled on Monday.
Thank you for this post and reminder!
Amen sister!!! You’ve opened my eyes this morning to what is my idol! God forgive me for putting it before you!! Have a blessed day!!
Wonderful post. We all need a day of rest just to say thanks God for my life.
I don’t generally read your Sunday posts because I’m at mass but today I did. I believe I’ve identified something that has become and idol in my life. I’m struggling to fix it. With Gods grace I know He will help me. I think recognizing it is the first step. Thanks for posting.
You should rest on Sunday not Friday and it will be a lot easier.
I feel like saying, Amen! Thank you for all your work but focus on what is most important for us all.
Amen Sister! And I love your fashion! You have taught me how to dress again….at 60!