Monday, March 07, 2011

Thomas Watson on being a workaholic

Another Thomas Watson gleaning from Heaven Taken By Storm (1669):

I believe it was moderate Southern Baptist pastoral care guru Wayne Oates who coined the term "workaholic."  Long before Oates, however, Watson describes the same phenomenon (emphasis added):

Satan tempts to evil in lawful things.  It was lawful for Noah to eat the fruit of the grape; but he took too much, and so sinned.  Excess turns that which is good into evil.  Eating and drinking may turn into intemperance.  Industry in one's calling (when excessive) is covetousness.  Satan draws men to an immoderate love of the creature, and then makes them offend in that which they love....


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