Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:  in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:  wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

I recently spent some time at a large software development company in Silicon Valley.  This well respected company was known for creativity and productivity.  As a part of their culture, I noticed something very unique – they were serious about their employees stopping work at 6 pm.  In fact, every day at that moment they turned off the company lights and shut down the climate control system.  For this company, it was important to set boundaries for their workers so that they could enjoy a proper work-life balance.  This organization helped their employees with their priorities.

As Christians, we shouldn’t need our secular organizations to help us with the parameters of our lives. God has already given us boundaries and priorities (Matthew 6:33 and Exodus 20:8 are great examples of these), and those should guide our lives to help us with our work-life balance.  

PLEASE PRAY FOR PROPER BALANCE AND PRIORITY IN OUR LIVES.  We absolutely should have balance and perspective in our lives, but not because our company turns off the lights.  We should do so because God has illuminated our path.