Work Hard. Play Hard.
[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]W[/mk_dropcaps]ork hard. Play hard. This is not just a song you hear on the radio. It’s quickly becoming a mantra to this generation. I don’t know about you, but while I think it holds true, I am actually agitated by it and not because it’s all wrong. Yes, we should work hard. And yes, we should find time to play and be fully present as we play. But if you’re like me, and have a bent toward being competitive, this can be extreme and too much, too fast. At what price do we work hard and play hard? If you’re working yourself to the bone and then going out and playing yourself to the bone, where does the rest and recharging go? Where do you fit in the daily doses of self-care (workouts, stress management, prayer) and time to develop your relationships. Yes, you can mix some those daily doses into your play and maybe even your work. But here is what I have found, in my own nature, to be true. I can’t do both well at once. I either work hard and am extreme there, or play too hard making it impossible to work hard. It becomes a Catch-22.
What does God say about working hard & playing hard? I think He is a bit more explicit than I about how we are to live this life:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.- Revelation 3:12[/mk_blockquote]
We are to be all in or not in at all. Hot or cold. All or nothing. Not part way. That statement Work Hard Play Hard is all in. That is where the power in this lies. Be completely passionate or not at all. Oh how easily we get lukewarm about the things we do every day! We can both work hard and play hard in a way that allows us to be all in and consequently “hot”. “How?”, you ask. The best answer I can give is simple:
We can only be fully passionate about this life, doing whatever is in front of us to do, when our relationship with our creator is priority. Praying is not just about laying your petitions before God, it is a conversation. Like I mentioned in the post Listen, we gain so much more when we ask questions and seek to understand. Maybe it is time to slow down. Instead of working so hard and putting your job or accomplishing tasks before everything else, you slow down enough to ask God “What do you want to speak to me today?” and wait to hear His response.
Perhaps you’ve lost passion for your work and all your energy is going into playing hard. Then what? Pray and ask God to help you ignite that fire to be “hot” for your work again. The answer may not come right away, but I guarantee that if you do ask, the answer will come.
What are your struggles and victories with sustaining a full-on approach (hot/cold) to your life?