I find this a useful summary reflection on some reasons why we work. It covers a lot of ground. Importantly I think is the glaring omission that work is enjoyable and rewarding. While this is in part an outgrowth of the 11 reasons Campbell lists, I think the experience of work can be rewarding in and of itself – whether its the satisfaction of physical labor in the garden or around the house or on the job, or at the end of a long day or season of mental effort. Work can and should be fun. Additionally, Work is a social experience in a variety of ways – both working along side others and the ways that our work impacts others and contributes to their lives. That said, MurrayCampbell has done us a good thing by capturing these thoughts.
In the words of the little known group, The Beatles,
“It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’d been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log”
Why do we work?
Some people have an altruistic view of work, motivated by the belief that they are contributing to the benefit of society. Others see working as a necessary evil; it’s what we have to do in order to provide for my family. Many Christians have been taught that the value of work doesn’t extend much beyond earning an income to support family and church, and giving opportunities for evangelism. While both these reasons are true (and incredibly important), in the Bible we find a far richer and broader picture of work.
Here are 11 reasons why our work matters
1. We are made to work
“God blessed them and said…
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