Thursday, 27 September 2012

Clearing Out The Past 7 Years 4 Months

7 years and 4 months. That is how long I have been in my job.

As Q once said, "All good things must come to an end."

Tomorrow is the day it is all over. Time's up. Redundancy.

Today I made a start on sorting out the notes I had made over the past years. Various projects which were important at the time and now forgotten. And then drawing up calculation notes for the more fun situations those taking over (the work is going to another office as our buidling is closing)- the one I did today was a combination of scenarios 2, 4, 5 and 7. Never had any case that fun, but the new team might strike lucky.

As stuff was being thrown in the confidential waste, I started to reflect. I needed all these notes and paperwork for a specific purpose, for a time in my life. By Friday evening I won't need them.

There has to be a balance here. There are things which have to be essential for a period of time, and then that time ends. On one hand, we are called to store up treasure in heaven, for where our treasure is, that is where our heart is (Matt 6:20), but on the other hand the Apostle Paul had to rebuke Thessalonians who were idle (2 Thess 3:6)- maybe idle because false teachers were saying that the Day of the Lord had come (2 Thess 2:2). After all, why make any long-term plans if Jesus's return is just round the corner?

Make plans, but with the understanding that when making plans we should say "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and..." (James 4:15) and that Jesus's return is something we should wait for (2 Peter 3:12).

For us, as Christians, there is always that tension- we live in the world, and are not to avoid the world, while at the same time looking forward to Heaven.

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