Another one to look at is in John 5, verses 16 and 17.
Jn. 5:16-17 – For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” So God is a worker. He produces. He takes care of people.
To work and take care of others helps us to become like God. So as we become like God, we become more sound-minded, more spiritual, more loving. That’s why work is good for us mentally and spiritually. It’s not some big secret. Psychologists and many other people have noted this for many years.
Let’s just talk just a little bit about leisure. God tells us to rest one day a week. It’s a law. What’s even more interesting is that we know that God rested, too. I don’t think He needs to rest, but maybe He wants refreshment or change of pace. I think that this does mean, though, that leisure is going to be a part of life forever, and that we can balance work and leisure. If we do that, then we’re going to be well off. If your job is mentally and socially satisfying, you don’t need as much leisure as people that work in high-pressure, unpleasant work. With the work I do now, it’s so much fun, I only rest so I can work more later. I know people that work in high-pressure, high-paying jobs, and they value all the vacation and down-time they have, because work isn’t so much fun for them. It’s difficult.
It always seems like my work and leisure always comes back to the same thing. You all know that I like to work with kids, and you know, also, that I built a little 4×4 truck, as a leisure activity to take my mind off of my work as a refreshing break. But one of the first times I took it out, I was at the staging area at the Rio Puerco airing down my tires, when a truck drove up behind me and stopped. I turned around and looked, and there were two teenage girls sitting in this little Toyota pickup smiling at me. One of them said, “Hey, mister, I like your truck.” And then they drove off. I thought, “Huh, this truck is a kid magnet!” It seems like it always gets back to that. Since then I always wind up talking to teenagers that are down there four-wheeling, because they like to look at my little truck.
Some people work at jobs they don’t like, so they can have time and money to do what they want to do in their leisure time. I think, in our society, that has to be a viable way. What’s tough is when you have a job you don’t like for long hours, and no leisure time, and no money.
What makes leisure satisfying? There’s a term that we use to describe this. It’s called flow. When you get in that state where you’re working, and time is flying – you’re not even aware of it – and you’re so involved in doing what you’re doing, and you look up