"All their days their work is grief and pain;
even at night their minds do not rest. This
too is meaningless" - Ecclesiastes 2:3.
The wisdom writer described people who are workaholics, who cannot stop working and cannot enjoy the work being done. Even when they stop working, their minds are back on the work, which is not a pleasant experience, but one filled with grief and pain. Worry, anxiety, regret and anger can consume leaders, turning their rest time into an opportunity to run mental marathons. Leaders are especially prone to this type of experience, for the duties and responsibilities of leading people and organizations can lead to sleepless, restless nights. The writer of today's verse described this scenario as meaningless, futile and pointless.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Do you stay up nights or wake up early due to worry or anxiety about work-related issues? Do you find it difficult to leave work mentally even when you are on a long weekend or holiday? Then incorporate the following as a daily or regular ritual: Read Psalm 127:2, which states that God gives to those He loves even in their sleep. Then when you go to bed, take a day off or a vacation, say, "Lord, I put you in charge while I am gone. Watch over my work."