When we meet someone for the first time, what’s usually the question that always comes up?
“So, what do you do?”
Almost without fail, everyone knows that means – what do you do for work? What do you do for a living? How do you make money?
Work is a huge part of our lives. A lot of us fall into two camps when it comes to how we view our work. 1. Work is a burden that we despise or 2. Work is the only thing that gives our lives meaning.
How do we really view our work? Would we do it if we weren’t getting paid? Do we equate our work with our life’s goal or mission?
It’s important to flesh out a few reminders about work.
First, work is good. God, who is himself a ‘worker’ (creator), created us in his image and likeness to work. Adam was charged with cultivating the Garden. We bring dignity to our work, merely by the fact that we (as humans) are doing it.
Second, whatever our job is, whether we like it or we hate it, it’s good because it enables us to live. Work is good because it allows us to put a roof over our heads and food on the table.
Finally, it’s important to remember that our career serves our vocation. Work doesn’t replace our duties as men of the church, sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers. Work helps us fulfill our responsibilities of providing for our families, helping our community, and serving the church.
Fr Mike Schmitz just released a video on this topic, go deeper here.
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