While talking to a friend of mine here in Hayesville, a siren blared by on State Road 64. His eyes immediately darted back and forth. You never get a day off, do you? I both stated and inquired. No. Never, was his instant and emotionless response. He then smiled and laughed as he finished with uttering, Well, what did I expect when being hired as a public employee for Clay County?
He was not complaining by any means. In fact, he finds his work to be thrilling, challenging, and never dull. He has true story after story to reinforce his point of view and has no regrets in never having a day off. He is so skilled in what he does that he continues to get promoted.
Some of us still do what many would be considered working by going into an office or out in the field and receiving a weekly or monthly paycheck. Most of us are retired and live off of our savings and investments. This article is not about working in the job sense; it is about our work in the vocational sense as Christians.
What would it be like to take a day off without living as a Christian? This may seem like a silly question. It really turns out to be a challenging question. Think about it. There is no one hawking over you to see how you perform on the job. You do not get a raise, nor do you get fired. You could get away with it; that is, taking a day off from your vocation of being a Christian.
As we start this new year, this question about taking a day off is both a provoking and straightforward one to ask yourself each day. Or is being a Christian a Sunday thing only? Start simple. Cut out the prayer below and place it on a bedside table or a convenient place for you. Perhaps start off each morning is with this prayer:
A Collect for Grace
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 100
Cut out this prayer and place it on a bedside table and read it as you begin your day. May God bless you in this new year in your vocation as a Christian.