Wet bottoms and red faces – some thoughts on work

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I had a bit of a shock the other day – I guess I was a bit out of the loop when it comes to toilet technology. I was in a shopping centre and thanks to my baby bump I’ve become a connoisseur of public toilets. This particular mall has automated doors to get into the bathroom and then no actual flush buttons or handles in each cubical to flush with. Instead the toilet is meant to automatically flush as you leave. However I must have visited a dysfunctional toilet for as I sat down I started to hear a gurgling noise and all of a sudden the toilet flushed while I was still on top of it! It happened once more before I could get free – I ended up wet bottomed and red faced! In another public bathroom a few days later I struggled to get paper towel out of the dispenser thing until a lady gracefully waved her hand in front of the dispenser and some towel gently rolled out!

All this automation got me to thinking – I’m sure it is meant to be there both to make our lives easier and for helping the germ phobic (although you still had to open & close the cubical door – I’m glad that one was not also automatic otherwise I would have put on quite a show!). I wonder if our drive to make life easier is actually making us lazy? With instant coffee, drive throughs, internet banking, email on our cell phones etc is our life of better quality or are we actually more stressed?

God designed us to work – it is the way He built us. Work was introduced from the beginning and is not a result of the fall.

Genesis 2:15  The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Yet we spend so much time trying to think of ways to get around it. For many of us this week is the first week back to work after the holidays and I have heard many complaints and sighs. Yet we are created to work. Paul instructed the Thessalonians church to keep away from idleness:

2 Thessalonians 3:6-10  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.  7  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,  8  nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.  9  We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.  10  For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

So my embarrassing incident reminds me that God did not design me for a life of idleness and as I start out on the new working year I am thankful for the work I have to do and pray that God will be glorified by it.

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