- You + God
- You + Others
- You + Purpose
What is the purpose of work?
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
- Annie Dillard
The average person spends more than 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime
Each year, the average American spends over 100 hours commuting to work
In the U.S., workers only take an average of 57% of their vacation days
59% of people check on their work during traditional holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving
25% of people check on their work hourly while on vacation
80% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs
Work is nothing
“Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements.”
- Peter Gibbons, Office Space
“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
- Peter Gibbons, Office Space
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.
And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.
So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil.
If work has no meaning, much of life has no meaning
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Every job that brings order, helps people, or leads to human flourishing, has dignity
Work is everything
You are what you do
“When good writing was my only goal, I made the quality of my work the measure of my worth. For this reason, I wasn’t able to read my own writing well. I couldn’t tell whether something I had just written was good or bad because I needed it to be good in order to feel sane.”
- Benjamin Nugent
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.
It’s not what you do; it’s who you do it for
Lay your deadly “doing” down— Down at Jesus’ feet. Stand in Him, in Him alone—Gloriously Complete
- James Proctor, Nothing Either Great or Small