Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Working for Joy

I hope everyone enjoys the long Labor Day weekend – which will thankfully include a teaser-trailer for the Wheel of Time! – but first, let’s take a moment to reflect. We all have God-given talents, natural abilities He expects us to use. And we all can and should develop skills to expand what we can do. Then find satisfaction in employing those talents and skills to accomplish something.

Of course the laborer is worthy of his hire, but if making a living were the only reason we worked, that would be a miserable existence. And enjoying what we do is important, but is that enough? Most jobs, whatever the rewards, either directly or indirectly, help people. And being useful to others is what brings real fulfillment, meaning to what we do.

Not that we’re limited to helping people just through our jobs – doing chores, running errands, and in a myriad of small ways every day we get opportunities to be useful. And helping others is an expression of love.

Now, I won’t claim writing books is anywhere near as helpful as what most people do. There are those like nurses, cops, paramedics, and soldiers who work hard and even put their lives on the line all the time. Plumbers and carpenters, postal workers and truck drivers, servers and store-shelf stockers all do vital work that benefits others. And those are tough jobs.

So I feel privileged that, as difficult as it sometimes seems, what I do is relatively easy. And while I may not make much doing it, I get to bring a bit of joy into people’s lives. They need it.

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