Does Your Job Matter?
The reason too many of us loathe work is because we think work is only a means to an end. We set our sights on the results of work: money, notoriety, power - and we miss the joy of sweating to create something. We miss the value of the work itself.
Work has value because God created it as valuable. After creating Adam and Eve, He blessed them by telling them to get to work. The blessing was inherent in the labor, not necessarily the result.
It truly does not matter if you sell insurance or inseminate cattle for a living. I don't mean you shouldn't care what you do in your career, I just mean the value is equal. The president of the United States and the roadkill picker-upper can both work as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23) and bring the world value in their efforts.
Your job matters more than you know. More than you can see from your limited perspective. The output of your job matters plenty, but I'd argue that your every day grind matters even more - in the fog of the work. That's where we rub shoulders with other people and meet other immortals on the journey. And our daily effort is where we must rely upon God for effectiveness and sometimes even survival.
Today as you go about your work - whatever that may be - rest in the fact that God values your efforts and that your efforts matter to the world.
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