My husband works in building maintenance. He started (way back when) as a janitor. Those were the gravy days: 20 custodians for a workplace that today would be staffed with 7. David said there were two types of workers: (A) Those who clean like we all thought they did; and (B) Those who saved it all for Friday. The latter method is called “loading up.”
Loading up can be a good thing. In a minivan, it keeps us from leaving stray offspring hither and yon. And, of course, loading up is paramount for the Christian: Matt. 6:20a, 21 ‑‑ store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But when we load up in this other sense (amassing work for someday), there is the danger of relying on self rather than God, and of assuming that constants won’t suddenly change—oh, and a combination of both (which is usually what happens—aka Murphy’s Law).
By God’s grace, I’ve focused on eternal things; I’ve poured myself into my spiritual life, marriage, daughters, service, and hospitality. And I’m convinced much of this life was lived in the Spirit. So in that sense, loading up has been good.
On the other hand, I could have done better at stewardship and financial planning. In that sense, I’ve loaded up—just like those “B” janitors. So I stand here at a crossroads with 20/20 hindsight. While I’m standing here, I’ll toss out a simple word of wisdom for my readers: Balance. (Go, “A” Janitors!) ‘Should have followed the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”
This morning I read an article about a lady who, like me, is learning life’s lessons. She says, “When life was easy, I used to think I was progressing along quite nicely—maybe at a sort of spiritual ‘college’ level… Now I doubt if I have even made it into ‘kindergarten’ yet.”