The Story of WORK

The origin, meaning, fall and redemption of WORK.

Origin of Work

We were created by God to work — to cultivate and maintain the earth, to subdue and rule over it. To cultivate means to foster growth and to improve. To maintain means to preserve from failure or decline. To subdue means to exercise control and discipline. To rule over means to administer, take responsibility for and make decisions. We are to work with excellence so that we can step back and view the fruit of our labor as “very good”, and share in the honor and satisfaction that comes from a job well done.

Specialization of Work

For centuries, families were responsible to work and accomplish everything for their own existence: hunt, farm, build, sew, cook, clean, etc. Until one day when somebody noticed their family was better at farming than building and decided to barter with a neighboring family. “If we grow extra food and give it to you, will you build an extra house than we can live in?”

Our understanding of work was born. Both benefited from the arrangement: better food was grown and stronger homes were built. In the end, all of society benefited. And each individual was able to pursue contribution in their area of giftedness and passion.

Work Becomes Selfish

But somewhere along the way, we lost our focus. We no longer worked to benefit others, but ourselves. Work became selfish. Work became that thing through which we make money so that we could do the other things we really wanted to do. As a result, work because something to avoid or shortcut if possible.

But it doesn’t have to be selfish, only about money or feel like punishment.

Redeeming Work

We desperately need your contribution. We still need your talents and abilities. We need you to work hard and do it well. Your work contributes to the good of society and moves us forward. It makes us better as people. It enriches our lives.

Please don’t view your work as something only to be endured or avoided. Instead, rethink your work. Regain focus and motivation to use your passions and abilities to contribute good to a society in need of them.

Utilize your strengths. Develop your talents. Study your craft. And encourage others.

Seek honest compensation, not quick riches. Work hard. Enjoy it.

And at the end of the day, we will all be better because of it.

Adapted from http://www.becomingminimalist.com/rethink-work/

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