The New York–based Families and Work Institute (www.familiesandwork.org ), in its new study on the quality of American employment, found that Americans are working harder today than they did 25 years ago. Two-career couples averaged 81 hours a week in 1977, compared with 91 hours today. Self-employed workers tend to earn more than those with regular wage jobs—$58,000 a year, on average, compared to $45,000. The most successful group, financially, are small business owners, averaging $110,000 a year, and they also report more job creativity and satisfaction in life. But they also tend to work longer hours—38 percent of them work more than 50 hours a week.
Proverbs 24:27 Proverbs 24:27Prepare your work without, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.
American King James Version×says to “prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house.” In other words, prepare yourself for your “field” of employment first so that you will be able to provide for home and family later. But God also cautions against overwork. He tells us in the Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:9-11 Exodus 20:9-11 9 Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
American King James Version×) that we are to do all our work in six days a week, and to leave the Sabbath as a day of rest and worship. And we are not to become workaholics and neglect our families.