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We all need regular breaks – a time to downshift and rest from our normal busy pace of life. But we were created to work. And when we’re engaged in work that matters we soon find ourselves itching to get back to work.

To be sure, work is work and requires much sweat equity to accomplish. But all work is not created equal.

For example, it becomes something we dread when our heart is not in it. We simply go through the motions and look forward to our time off.

This can eventually lead to despair and we might desperately turn to our vices to scratch some sense of fulfillment and joy from life.

On the other hand, work is something we look forward to when we see the value in what we do.

There’s meaning in providing for our families and making a difference in the world around us. And this is not something we want to stay away from for too long.

In fact, it’s depressing when we’re unable to work and express our creative energies. As much as we enjoy doing nothing from time to time, sitting around all day everyday is not ultimately satisfying.

We want to get up and do – to create and build, to solve interesting problems and contribute our small part in bringing more life and goodness into the world.

We’re wired to do and our fulfillment comes from readily accomplishing the things God has given us.

And we’re likely not leaning into our deep work yet when there’s nothing we’re looking forward to getting back to.

Again, work is labor-intensive and we need regular breaks. But there’s also joy in returning to what we were created to do.

Enjoy regular times of rest and relaxation. And discover the joy of getting back to work and fulfilling all God has called you to do.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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