I’m lying on the floor of my office (which is also Jay & Erin’s house), doing a fairly good job of escaping from everyone else who exists (not that they’re bad people, just that I can’t seem to handle their company). The last few days have been pretty yuck for me, partly with being ill, but really that just helps bring everything else to the surface that was bubbling along underneath, y’know? It’s all pretty little stuff really, but when it all starts biting you at once it does kind of make you just want to curl up and go home (wherever that is).
I’m not really sure I can put my finger on it well enough to write down, but I wanted to say SOMETHING, cos often you just wait until something like this blows over and talk about with your friends in retrospect, and I don’t want to be like that.
So I came here this morning, sincerely trying my best to un-busy myself and just appreciate God while there’s no one else around to get in the way. It hasn’t really worked, but I did get an absolute honest-to-God-too-spooky-to-be-a-coincidence ‘WORD OF THE LORD’ (which is what you call it when God definatelydefinatelydefinately says something), so I’ll tell you about that:
I picked up a TIME magazine at random (there are lots here), opened it at random, and saw an article about a company trying out a system of employment whereby the place and time you do your work effectively becomes insignificant, as employees are just trusted to do it (and guess what? they discover that people feel empowered, less stressed, more valued, and are much more productive!). I can’t explain it quickly, but this is exactly the sort of thing I’ve been going on about for the last 3 years – I formulated a ‘theology of work’ while at uni, whereby you do what God wants you to do when you feel He wants you to do it (not just because there’s stuff to do), and don’t enslave yourself to a time-table or a schedule or a system, and in doing so, work becomes good for you (cos God invented work for our benefit).
It was great to read the article today, cos on Friday I got to the point where I realised that I just can’t submit to this ‘office hours’ mentality of work, and that I need to consciously rebel against it, or else all the life is going to drain out of me. So reading it would have been a bit of an ‘I think God might be saying something’ thing anyway, but then I read the article and discovered God’s personal touch to me this morning; that the system they developed, 3 years ago, is called the Results-Oriented Work Environment, and is known by the acronym ROWE.
Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you …
[read about it here]