Solomon also talked about the extreme type of worker - the Workaholic.
The Workaholic won't stop working. It's all he thinks about. It's all he talks about. His whole life's wrapped up in his work. Solomon describes him,
This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, "Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?" It is all so meaningless and depressing. ECCLESIASTES 4:8
Do you know anybody like this? I am a workaholic, but I am trying to be recover from it. I want to give you Solomon's five steps to recovery from workaholism:
READJUST YOUR VALUES
I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. Ecclesiates 4:4a
Thought: Most of workaholism stems from a desire for more. The cost of workaholism is enormous - divorce, alcoholism, health problems, fractured relationships, unhappiness, loneliness, and on and on and on.
ENJOY YOUR REWARDS
People should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:13
Thought: You should be thankful for what you have. Take time to smell the roses. Enjoy life's simple pleasures.
LIMIT YOUR LABOR - This is an intentional decision!
Fools are so exhaustedly by a little work that they can't even find their home. Ecclesiastes 10:15
Thought: "All work and no play makes Whit a dull boy." We need a balance. There is a time to work, but there is also time to play.
It is useless for you to work so hard fromearly morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Psalm 127:2
Thought: If you don't take time to rest, your body will make time for rest. Schedule four things in your life: rest, recreation, relationships, and romance!
ANTICIPATED GOD's CARE - The root of a lot of workaholism is worry!
Don't worry about these things, saying, "What will we eat? What will we drink? What will wear?" These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Matthew 6:31-32
Thought: Trust God!
ECHANGE YOUR PRESSURES FOR GOD'S PEACE
Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Thought: "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you" (1 Peter 5:7).
One last thought: I've never met a dying person who said, "Oh, I wish I could work one more hour."
WHAT MAKES A WINNER!