The room was empty, void of any eyes that might see what I was about to do. Should I lock the door? No. No one would notice it had been taken.
How could anyone every know? No one would miss it anyway.
I stole over to the desk and picked up my phone. 3:32pm. Tap. Tap Tap. Tap. In went my passcode. Tap. Up popped the bright blue screen. I scrolled down to catch the multiple newsfeeds my Facebook friends had posted. Moving on, I checked my Instagram feed.
Ding. The door opened. 3:35pm. Guilt. I shoved the phone beneath my lunch kit and walked to the front desk. After directing my visitor I turned back to the phone and started checking my emails. Another three minutes passed. Guilt reigned supreme once more.
This needed to stop. I had a bad habit. This bad habit’s effects went beyond my addiction to social media. Far beyond…I was stealing my employers time.
This was unfair to not only the employer who was paying me but also to myself. I was missing out on moments I could be spending furthering along the business I worked for and learning from it. Instead, I was wasting valuable time engaged in something that would bear no real fruit.
I had to stop and ask myself: would my text messages or FB statuses be providing me with passive income in the years to come? This may be some peoples’ case, those with millions of fans, but it is certainly not mine.
Above and beyond financial reasons, stealing time from the folks who pay the bills was incredibly displeasing to God. He calls us to live upright, lives filled with integrity. We, Children of Light, don’t want to have any lies or darkness hiding in us. This is not our real nature. It’s the sin nature and it is not us when we die to Christ.
If you are ever tempted to walk down the road I walked, please remember this verse. Meditate on it. Remember who you really work for and ask Him for the strength and desire to do so wholeheartedly.
May we make this our hearts cry:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23