There is an ancient proverb that says…
“When you cut into an apple, always remember the one who planted the tree.”
Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “work,” avodah, can also be translated as “worship.” Which means that when we work well for the sake of others, it’s one of the ways that we worship God. When we work, and are able to be productive, we’re living up to how we were designed, and up to the image of the One who made us, who was also a worker, and a very creative one at that.
The Rev. Bill Haley, an Anglican pastor and rector of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture, reminds us that reflecting on the deeper meaning of our work through the lens of our faith can have a profound impact on how we approach our jobs. It’s the difference between “I’ve got to go to work” and “I get to go to work,” and as we all know, there’s a big difference.
On this Labor Day, let’s take some time to look for deeper meaning in our work, and let’s allow our faith to shape how we understand the value of our jobs.
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to That’s How You Change the World, by Newsboys. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtkTXBTTcAw