I am one of the millions of Americans who has two jobs. I work 40 hours per week as an Environmental Investigator for a government agency, and then work another 20-30 hours per week elsewhere. Because government agencies do not pay well, there are many other people I work with who have second jobs ranging from direct selling to being a security guard at an art museum.
However, I am fortunate enough to not have my second job for money; creating and writing my blog Frugal Confessions is a passion of mine. Motivation aside, a second job can cut into your time in a big way.
A Gradual, Unintentional Process
I did not just wake up one day and decide that I did not have time for religion. Religion taking the back burner in my life was a gradual and unintentional process. I began my blog in 2009 and it is thriving. While I could not be happier, I have begun to realize a few things. A person only has so many hours in the day, and so many days in the week.
Second jobs mean that when others are home decompressing, cooking, cleaning, watching television, reading, or otherwise spending their time on other pursuits, you are working. Dishes and homes do not clean themselves, and you can only put so many television shows and movies onto your DVR before you need to start watching them. Throw kids into the mix and you can quickly find yourself in a time black hole.
While I do not have children, I do work a normal workweek, manage a blog, write several posts per week, share the cooking of all of our meals at home and direct my efforts towards lots of goals like saving 50% of our income. Downtime is a precious commodity in our household, though we would not change our lives as we are happy. What I am not happy with is the lack of spirituality and religion in my life.
Intentionally Making Religion The Core Of Your Life
The big realization I had that has motivated me to change is that I would have nothing without the Lord. I have been blessed with a loving husband, two beautiful cats, a home, employment, friends, and the motivation and talent to pursue a passion of mine. I need to show my gratefulness and awe by making the Lord part of my daily life again. In fact, it’s not just making the Lord a part of my daily life; this realization has led me to the truth that the Lord is my life, and that everything else falls into place around it.
If you have a second job, or are part of the contingent workforce and are stringing jobs together at odd times of the day, you might benefit from some of the ideas I have come up with to make religion the core of my life.
- Daily/Weekly Bible Reading: I have a bible that sits on my bedside table…and it’s been collecting dust. I used to make these grandiose goals of reading the bible in several months. While I long ago realized that this could be feasible but would likely miss the point all together, it seems that I have strayed to the other extreme of not reading it at all. I would like to find a much better balance of reading a verse a day or a chapter several times a week and then think about what I have read. I would like to plant seeds in my mind and ruminate over what I have read.
- Use Alternate Church Schedules: Just as work schedules have evolved, so have church service times in order to accommodate more people. Many churches now have several services each Sunday, and some even have services on Saturday nights. My husband likes to sleep in on Sunday mornings, so we have found the later services very helpful.
- Participate in a Bible Study: Perhaps Sunday is prime-time for your second job. If this is the case, check out a bible study at your church. Bible studies typically take place on a week night after normal working hours, and sometimes bi-monthly.
- Go on a Spiritual/Religious Retreat: If you do not typically attend weekly church services but like the occasional religious instruction, reconnect with God and fellow people by attending a religious/spiritual retreat.
I did not schedule religion out of my life all at once, so I realize that it will take some time to incorporate a new routine that I am comfortable with. The point is that I have made the realization and am ready to take the next step.
How about you—do you work a second job? Have other excessive time constraints? How do you keep religion central to your life?