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Goodness #2 — Good Laboring

Here is what is good and fitting: to eat, to drink and to enjoy yourself in all your labor in which you toil under the sun during the few years of your life which God has given you; for this is your portion. Ecclesiastes 5:18

Some days when frustration is at its height, when our work load is beyond control, when government regulations threaten to strangle us, when nothing we do seems to further our agenda, we wonder about the value of our work: What good is this? These are the times when we would be wise to remember that work, itself, is good. In God’s economy portion is better than profit, a share is better than an advantage. For work to be enjoyed, we do not have to see it as a means to some other end. It is an end. We can do our work simply for the pleasure of doing it. It does not have to get us any “where” or provide us with any “thing.” We enjoy music for music’s sake; we enjoy art for art’s sake; let us enjoy our work for the work’s sake. This is the gift of God, so we will not often worry about the years of life, because God keeps us occupied with the gladness of our heart.

Father, thank you for a way to find joy in my work, even when the circumstances in which I work are not joyful, and the results of my work are not what I expect. Please bring this to mind the next time I am tempted to resent what you have given me to do. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Goodness #2 — Good Laboring

  1. Excellent, Doug!
    The pleasure of activity, the ability to do work, can be taken for granted. And it can seem routine. But it is a gift to be employed.

    Posted by ted & linda pampeyan | 16 April 2012, 10:57
    • Indeed. And, if work is a gift, God’s grace is involved; so if work is of grace, we can know that the giver also enjoys doing his work, for grace is the overflow of what God enjoys about himself. In fact, he enjoys working so much that he planned in advance that we would live our lives in the flow of his work: we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to walk day by day in the midst of those works (Ephesians 2:10), which he rejoices with his whole heart and soul to do (Jeremiah 31:42) for those who hope in him (Isaiah 64:4).

      Posted by Doug Knighton | 16 April 2012, 12:18

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