Many people forget that work was given to man before the fall. God had given man work when he made the declaration in as he looked at creation and said it was “very good”. The fact that he had given work had not fallen to the back of his mind. It is a good thing for us.
Then sin entered the world and work, just like everything else, became less pleasant and more painful. Now, in this sin stained world, work is hard. It hurts your back. It drains your energy. It is exhausting. With that in mind it might be helpful for you to have a few good excuses lined up to get out of work the next time you get a case of the Monday’s. So here are the ten best excuses for getting out of work:
- I got in late last night
Sometimes it can be difficult to have a life and still be expected to show for work the next day. The next time your plans keep you out a little later than you anticipated simply call your boss and tell him that you stayed out a little too late last night and that you won’t be able to make it in. He’ll understand. No sweat.
- It’s raining
Who likes to drive in the rain? I mean seriously! You have to fumble with your umbrella and you still end up getting wet. The windshield wipers are so annoying because you can never get the intensity “just right”. Simply call your supervisors and tell them that you can’t get out in the weather. They will certainly understand because they will probably miss work that day too.
- The thermostat is set to high/low
Every office has one. That man or woman that is either always hot or always cold. When that person has access to the thermostat (or worse, in charge of it) it can make for miserable season changes. This one is serious. You might just call the CEO and tell them that you will be unable to come back to work until the temperature is more suitable to your desires.
- I’m tired
You’ve worked hard. Tell your boss that you are tired and that you just need some rest.
- Someone offended me
Water cooler gossip can ruin the work atmosphere. You should certainly tell your boss that you will not be able to come to work again until the person that has offended you has been dealt with. By no means though, should you attempt to reconcile the relationship yourself.
- I don’t have anything to wear
It is a competitive world out there. If you don’t look the part you might never get the part. Your boss will most assuredly understand when you tell her that you just can’t wear anything that is in your closet.
- There is a game on TV.
There is no way your boss could expect you to show up for work when there is a sporting event on the television. DVR? Don’t be ridiculous! I’m sure he will tell you to just stay home and enjoy the contest.
- It’s too hard to get up that early
Some people are just not morning people. You can’t be expected to get up in time to be at the office by 9:00am. That is just unacceptable. Your boss can certainly make an exception for you and allow you to come in at 10:30 or 11:00 or maybe not even at all.
- I can’t get my kids ready
What boss hasn’t heard this one with absolute sympathy? No one expects you to be able to get those kids out the door on time. Your boss (and the school system) are very understanding on this point.
- Working on a home project
Who hasn’t started a weekend project that took a little longer than expected? If you call your boss and tell him that you still have two more bedrooms to paint I guarantee he will tell you to miss as much work as you need to finish your project.
Of course no one would ever use any of these excuses to get out of work. At least not with any real expectation of there being a job waiting for them the next day. Yet these are the most common “reasons” people miss church. Could it be that we have prioritized work because it is what allows us to pursue the god of stuff while we have marginalized the God of Creation?
You stay out too late on a Sunday night? You still get up for work. It’s raining a full blown monsoon? You go to work? Bad coworkers? Uncomfortable work conditions? You go to work. Sick? Tired? Not a morning person? You go to work. People go to work when they are sick, tired, and exhausted on a regular basis.
The truth is we sacrifice for what is important to us. What would happen if the people of the church were as committed to the fellowship of believers as they were to working for a dollar? I dare say that communities, the world even, would be turned upside down ().
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (ESV)
6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, (ESV)