[Credits to dictionary.reference.com, and yes, I did just skip 3, 4, and 6. They were typical employment-ish definitions–one aspect of work, but not the one I wanted to talk about. You can look them up if you really want to know.]
It’s effort. It’s activity. It’s an undertaking. It’s results.
Why do we work? Why do we engage in productive activity?
I had a thought on work the other day. I was thinking about God’s work in me, and then just God’s work in general. His work seems to be twofold–creative work (example: creation), and transforming/restoring work (example: ME). He both made all things, and then when sin destroyed, rather, twisted, his work, he worked (and still does work) to restore it by transforming it to what it should be.
So what about my work, whatever it be? My daily activities? What should be the focus of them? I certainly can’s create from nothing. I’m not God. But, with his help, we can all be involved in the works of transforming and restoring–changing the universe one mess, one hungry tummy, one broken cupboard, one broken heart at a time.
It’s kind of a cool–
work has purpose, meaning, and an element of God-likeness.
[And by the way, I know I’m missing something, because Adam and Eve worked in the garden before sin, and I’ve always been under the impression that we’ll work in heaven, after sin. If you have thoughts to hone and develop my infant theology of work, I’d be very interested to hear them. ]