As we leave the house this morning to make a living, let's take time to live, and as we live, let's live for the Lord.
Along these lines, I thought I'd share the following story I read about a patient and his doctor.
The doctor's patient was on the verge of a nervous breakdown--a man who was getting old in middle age. The patient thought his business could not go on without him; so he worked overtime night after night, and would take a briefcase full of work home with him on the weekend.
His explanation to the physician was that the work had to be done and that he was the only one who could do it. The pressure was killing him.The doctor refused to prescribe until the patient agreed to follow the prescription, which was this: He was to deliberately cut off two hours of every working day and spend that time cultivating traits and attitudes which keep one young. He was to take off a half day every week and spend that time in a cemetery.
The doctor said, "I want you to wander around and look at the gravestones of those who thought the whole world rested on their shoulders and who had no time to enjoy the finer aspects of life. And then meditate on the fact that when you are rolled there to lie in the hallowed soil, the world will keep on turning and it will be found that you were not so indispensable after all. Then sit down among the tombstones and quote two verses from the Bible: 'Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth' (Prov. 27:1). 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones' (Prov. 27:22)."
In a few weeks the patient got better and recovered some of the invigorating qualities of youth he was losing. His business improved. His change was so marked that his friends and business associates liked him better and appreciated his company more.
God blessed us with this beautiful world. He expects us to work, and he permits us to live! Today, enjoy your life.
I hope you have a magnificent Monday!