February 20th 2009

How Hard Do You Work?

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (KJV)

Most people with a computer are very wary about viruses which can cause problems and inconvenience. I found this forwarded joke very amusing:
This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest pub. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolator-Neutralizer-Extractor (WINE). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life. Update: After extensive testing it has been concluded that Business-Equivalent-Extractor-Remedy (BEER) may be substituted for WINE but may require a more generous application.

We have a laugh at these, but what is our attitude towards WORK? Do we try to get out of it, or do as little as possible? Are we cheating our employers by coming in late and leaving early? Perhaps we are only doing the job because we HAVE to in order to get the money to do what we really want to do, at the weekend.

God has something to say about our attitude towards work. The scripture quoted was written by King Solomon, known for his great wisdom. Jesus told the parable of the talents in Matthew 24. Verse 23 concludes, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things” and he tells later the story of the rich man and the steward, saying, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much…..if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:10 &12) Our work ethic affects our character and carries over into our private lives. Let’s work as hard as we play!

Help me, Father in Heaven, to do my very best at my job; to take pride in my work and set a Christian example in the workplace.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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