The Blessings of Work

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The Blessings of Work
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. ~ Ecclesiastes 2:24

There are those who immensely enjoy the work that they do, and then there are those who consider the work that they do to be pure drudgery. For the latter, just getting up out of bed every morning to go to work is misery, as they do not look forward to yet another day of what they consider to be menial labor. To them, the work that they do is a job that earns them a salary to be able to sustain life and nothing more. If everyone were to see their vocation as a part of God’s plan for a purposeful life, then they would be able to view work in an entirely different perspective. Even in the midst of what seems to be drudgery, they could find joy and a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

If a person only considers their vocation to be an opportunity to gain wealth and to achieve a certain level of social status, then they will soon find themselves echoing the words of the writer of Ecclesiastes, “Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 2:17).

The 19th century British author Charles Kingsley wrote,

Work EthicThank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being required to work, and doing so to the best of your ability, will breed in you self-control, diligence, contentment, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know.

Earl of Chesterfield stated, “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.” The job that we do may seem insignificant or meaningless by comparison, however, if we work “heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23), He will use our labors to not only provide for all of our needs, but we will also have a means by which we can help others in need. Therefore, any type of wholesome work can be a blessing!

Brigham Young taught the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Daily toil, however humble it may be, is our daily duty, and by doing it well, we make it a part of our daily worship.” Remember, the Master was a worker with daily work to do; and if you would be like Him, you must be zealous too. Someone has wisely said, “To leave lasting footprints on the sands of time wear work shoes.”