Others Also Deserve a Respite

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We All Have Time

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. ~ Ephesians 5:15-17


There are some people who always seem to feel that everybody else should be doing more and giving more of their time while even the small things that they could do to help lighten the load often go by the wayside because they always seem to have some excuse about why they cannot do something, or are always exclaiming that they simply don’t have the time to get involved with helping to do anything.

Let Somebody Else Do It

These same people are quick to rush in, and seem to have absolutely no problem, with placing the lion’s share of the load on another person’s shoulders, or mandating how much time they feel that a person should be willing to give to carry out a task at hand, yet they are never willing to take a portion of that load to help make the burden lighter, or part with some of their own precious time to help do the task.

Proud WomanWhy is this? I have come to the foregone conclusion that some people feel that as long as they can get everyone else to shoulder the load and do all the work, then they don’t have to do anything except sit back and watch the work being done. The sad commentary on it all is that often those who are not willing to do anything to help are usually the first ones who want to take all the credit for a job when it is finished.

A Thief Breaking InAs the old adage says, “Many hands make light work!” If we are not willing to use our hands as “working” hands to help get the job done, then we should not use our lips to sing praises and accolades unto ourselves when the job is done either. The man, who steals the credit for something that he had no part in bringing to fruition, is no better than the thief who breaks in and steals those things which he has not expanded any labor to get.

I further humbly submit that instead of always expecting some people to do more and to give more of their time, we need to learn to be thankful and appreciative of the things that they do, and be willing to give them a much-needed respite and take upon ourselves some of their load, and free up some of their time to do some of the things which they may have been unable to otherwise do.