We live very close to an active railway track and I’ve been curiously watching these men work outside our front window for the past week.
I don’t pretend to understand the Canadian National Railway work ethic but there seems to be a whole lot of talking and very minimal replacement of railway ties. Of course, these orange men have to work around the oncoming trains but there is on average, about 1.5 hours of physical labor in the early morning and then it’s quiet for the rest of the day…
…and it got me thinking about work.
Over a 50-year span, the average Canadian spends about 100,000 hours working. Given this startling statistic, I figure it’s important for me to have a biblical perspective on what I’ve been doing with all my time!
Work itself is an inherently spiritual thing. During my eighteen years of “fulltime ministry”, I remember learning that the root of the English word, “vocation” is the Latin verb voca, which means “to call.” The linguistic evidence suggests that at some point in history, people actually thought of every type of work as a “calling” – not just full time ministry. This notion lodged itself in my soul and helped me two years ago, when I decided to become a writer.
For a Christian, work is a calling. Whether you’re a minister or a mechanic, you don’t work because it pays the bills or because it’s personally fulfilling or because it’s what you went to school for. Ultimately, you work because it glorifies God and for that reason alone, it’s important to have a strong work ethic. Interesting thought, huh?
The 9-5 work day can be a grind at times but I also find an open, unscheduled work day tough – it takes a lot of self discipline to use my hours well, to be productive, to set daily goals and to “work unto the Lord” every day. I am constantly reminded that I have an audience of One, to whom I am accountable.
Having written that, I’m glad it’s Friday and the laptop can go away for the evening. No more work.
Enjoy your weekend! ( Believe it or not, it’s actually snowing here! What gives with this crazy weather? )
Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10.31
Just watch the first 36 seconds of this video!