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What Happened to Lunch? 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

What Happened to Lunch?

Paul seems to be pushing a “work-fare” program — no work, no food — but he’s actually talking about something completely different.

The words “lunch” and “hour” have long been paired to describe a standard part of the workday, but increasingly, the “hour” designation is a misnomer.

In a recent survey of more than 1,000 employees, some 63 percent of respondents said that the lunch “hour” is the biggest myth in office life today. More than half of workers take 30 minutes or less to eat, and some of them do so at their desks while they continue working. Others use the time to run errands.

Truth be told, you’re probably eating a ham sandwich or spinach wrap right now as you’re reading this.

Another study revealed that in 2005, workers were spending 14 percent less time for lunch — an average 31 minutes — than they were in 1996, when the average was 36 minutes.

This shrinking lunch break is a sign of how much work we are being asked to do, as well as the fact that we have so little time for personal errands (and no stay-at-home spouse to handle them...

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