Work is hard

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Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; (18) thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. (19) By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”


To say “Work=Good” on Monday morning seems out of touch. Today, perhaps a bit late, references why people don’t like Mondays. Work is not easy; it is hard.

It is hard to have a vision for a project knowing full well it will be tangled and frustrated with inefficiency, error, meaninglessness and disappointments. What is the hope? Delusion is one option. Just ignore reality and only see the good. Of course that just weirds-out people around you who are aware of the troubledness of the world. Is there a better response? Despair is an option. Give up and mock. As long as most people keep trying there will always be opportunities to mooch off of their productivity and keep mocking the diligent. But is there a third way? Realistic optimism: The fact is that we were designed to be loving, productive, creative and the rest, and that we have fouled our world by straying from our Creator. We can still live out our purposes, it’s just that the fallen world is much harder than it was meant to be. So what to do? Groan a bit, but have hope. All the virtuous things have a future. Invest in them.

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