“One who is slack in his work 
is a brother to one who destroys.” (Proverbs 18:9, NIV)

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According to a survey the average worker admits to wasting about 2 hours a day, excluding lunch and scheduled breaks. That’s twenty-five percent of our workday!

Depending on the size of the company for which you are working, the wasted dollar amount can be astronomical. The results of the survey revealed that there are many time-wasting activities, but the two biggest are surfing the internet (for personal use) and socializing with co-workers.

When asked why they waste time at work about one-third of those taking the survey said they don’t have enough work to stay busy for a full eight hours. One-quarter of the respondents felt like they were underpaid so it was okay if they didn’t give 100% all the time. It seems ironic that a person could waste 25% of their day and actually expect to get paid more.

If you do your work with excellence – and for God’s glory – you will typically reap positive benefits. Certainly there are occasions when an employer doesn’t recognize or reward faithful workers, but as your skill and value grows, it also gives you more opportunity to work for someone who does appreciate your value.

Take a look at a typical workday. If you’re wasting time at your job consider the consequences. Your company is less productive, resulting in fewer profits, and you run the risk of losing your job altogether. In addition, your poor example may cause someone else to stumble, making you a “brother to one who destroys”. Most importantly, by being “slack in your work” you won’t be working with your whole heart, nor will you be working in a way that honors the Lord.

Keep track of your “downtime”. Examine your daily activities and find your level of productivity. If you’re wasting time at work, don’t make excuses – and don’t expect a raise!  Remember, we reap what we sow.


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Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

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10 Comments on “ARE YOU WASTING TIME?”

  1. garden2day Says:

    I like that you show that it isn’t only us that we are accountable for but we cause others to stumble due to our weakness. May we all put our best efforts forward as our first employment is working for God in each day. Have a most blessed Friday and have a great weekend! Take care!!! 😀


    • Dave Boller Says:

      Unfortunately, I’ve learned from experience. I’m sure I’ve caused many people to stumble in the past. Hopefully, that’s over now! Thanks for the comment. I hope you have a blessed weekend, too! Take care. 🙂


  2. I hope I am not wasting my time. I have one day at a time to live and where do I sit :0 Have many great days.


  3. Good one!!! Biltmore Estate, now is a great time to visit. Check the weather, chance of snow, temp 16, winds 15-20, chill factor 3…..Did somebody say coffee and a fireplace!!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  4. tk2012 Says:

    This is really something to think about. If our employer is paying us for a certain number of hours and we use these hours for our own pursuits – isn’t this really thievery? A good reminder to myself. Thank you for sharing!


  5. Lyn Says:

    People would be horrified if you asked them if they ever stole anything from where they work. But it’s not just a matter of pens, notepads, paperclips etc., tk2012 made a valid comment about “stealing time”.


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