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So how did things go for you today on the hamster wheel?
For many of us, our days can often feel as though we have run hard all day long, and yet when the day's running is over, the scenery of our life looks very much the same as it did when we awoke. It's difficult to tell if any progress has really been made at all. It isn't as though we were not continuously moving, but somehow we reach the end of the day and discover that we haven't really moved anywhere. We are out of breath and tired, but we can't escape the feeling that we are returning at the end of the day to the same place where we began the day. What's more...the thought gnaws at us as we fall asleep that another day on the hamster wheel is just a few hours away.
While I hope this is not the pattern of your days, I believe most of us (if not all of us) have felt this way at times in our lives. Haggai describes life on the hamster wheel as follows:
“You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:6, ESV)
Earning wages to put them into a bag with holes is one of the clearest descriptions of life on the hamster wheel that I have ever come across. Though no one desires to live this way, each of us at times finds ourselves on the wheel once again...huffing and puffing all the while. Working hard...working diligently...even working honestly and providing benefit to others. But at the end of the day, the things we acquired by all our running slips through our pockets and the day ends in the same place that it began.
So what are we to do? Has this Friday Memo been written to leave us all depressed and disheartened? Not at all. It's been written to encourage you to step off the wheel if you are on it. To kneel before God rather than run before the world. To remember that God is infinite...and in Him all our needs melt away. To consider life in the light of eternity. To remove your heart and mind from the world...knowing that your feet will only stop running on the hamster wheel of life when your heart is no longer set on the things this life has to offer.