Articles

July 15th, 2015

From a Lifestyle of Compulsive Work to a Rhythm of Work and Rest

Learning to trust God for our provision is an ongoing challenge, particularly if we are prone to compulsive work habits. Gordon MacDonald, a U.S. pastor, observes of his culture: The more we want, the more revenue we must produce to get it. The more revenue we must produce, the longer and...

Channel(s): Doing Your Job
via Bill Peel
June 13th, 2015

Take a Vacation That's Really a Vacation

In a survey of 1300 Americans, 90 percent said vacations help them relax and recharge, reduce their stress, and build closer relationships with family. Forty percent, however, don’t take all of their paid vacation days even though this affects their health, well-being and relationships. ...

June 12th, 2015

Maximize Vacation ROI

Rested, relaxed and energized. That's how we want to return from vacation, but it's often not the case. So what can we do to get the best return on our investment of time, energy and finances a vacation requires?  Researchers Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan offer suggestions in  “When a...

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June 12th, 2015

Is There Room in Our Theology of Work for Rest and Recreation?

In many ways, the culture in which we live has lost sight of a vision of work that resonates with what we see in Scripture. Two aspects of this vision that we’ve forgotten are rest and recreation. Though work has been part of God’s design for humans since the very beginning, there is a...

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November 13th, 2014

Overworking Is Not God's Idea

J.B. Wood is a business exec who writes about the challenges of integrating his spiritual life with his professional life in corporate America. When I saw his post entitled “Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical,” I knew it was something I needed to ponder. You see, I come...

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November 13th, 2014

Dinnertime Sabbath at Bandwidth.com

In the Old Testament, God legislated a time of rest called the Sabbath. It was not a day of worship—every day is for worship. Sabbath was about rest from your work. It surprises some people that the fourth commandment to keep the Sabbath isn’t repeated as a command in the New Testament,...

August 1st, 2014

Working For the Weekend? Time to Reframe What Work Means.

Rest (Sabbath) reframes what work is supposed to be. Work and rest are meant to work in tandem, but all too often they are seen as opposites.  When most Americans think about rest, they have one thing in mind, the weekend.  We  push hard all week, and in doing so push rest and restoration...

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March 20th, 2014

My “No” is No—Except for My Out-of-the-Office Autoreply

Because technology now makes it possible to work from anywhere any time, we can work from everywhere. Nowhere is safe from work’s intrusive ping, beep, or ding. That begs the question why do we use the Out-of-the-Office Autoreply function on our emails. Richard Moran, CEO at Accretive...

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February 27th, 2014

No Email While on Vacation? What?

What would happen if you didn’t respond to email while on vacation? Would the world come to an end? Business stop in its tracks? Execs at Bandwidth think not. Sure, they’re passionate about providing the best IP services for their customers, but they’re also passionate about family and...

February 27th, 2014

Always On, Never Done? Don't Blame Your Smartphone

Professionals, managers and executives who carry a smartphone for work report interacting with work 13.5 hours every workday (72 hours per week including weekend work), according to the Center for Creative Leadership. This doesn't leave much time for family and recreation -- not to mention...