Everyone knows that school is back in session, but this fact is much more acute to students like myself who are actually back to the old grind stone. If you are tempted to interpret this statement as a plea for pity, please don’t. The rest of you poor people are either too young to know what is going on or have to work much more than I have to go to school. Which isn’t to say that I feel sorry for you either; in a few years I’ll graduate and then I’ll have to work until I die. Such is life.
School until you are old enough to work and then work until you die; it’s enough to make some people cry. But why is work such a burden to us? Why do people dread working at hate every moment of it? There is a saying that roughly goes something like this: Find a job that you enjoy, and you’ll never work a day in your life. If you actually do this, you’ll do your job, love every moment of it, and marvel that people will pay you to do it.
Since, to my thinking, the above statement makes a lot of sense, why are there so many people in the world who hate to go to work? It could be because people in this world rarely use common sense but rely entirely on dice to make their decisions. [Well, Joe, you’re a genius at math and science. What should you be when you grow up? (dice rolls) You’ll make a brilliant trash collector!] This possibility seems incredibly unlikely because I know of very few people who use a dice to make life decisions. Unless of course, they are all rolling dice where I can’t see in which case I have two questions: 1) since we’re all doing it, why not do it openly, and 2) why did no one ever tell me that I should do it? It’s so much easier than actually making decisions! In actuality, I think that there are two reasons that people end up with jobs that they don’t like.
I believe that greed is one of the primary reasons that this occurs. This may not make sense to you initially but stay with me for a moment. A child is told from an early age that he can do whatever he wants to do with his life. Now this is true, but as children often do, this particular child takes this to mean that he can do anything with his life. (this is strictly not true; some are made to be scientists and engineers, others doctors, and do on) The child then thinks to himself, “Doctors make a lot of money. I think that I’ll be a doctor when I grow up.” You see, the child is not picking a job that he likes but a profession whose salary he likes. And so this particular child ends up trying to get an education in something that he is not good at and is doomed to either fail in or hate it for the rest of his life. And so, greed has ruined the work experience for another “innocent” child.
The second reason that people hate working is that they have been corrupted by sin. In Genesis 1 and 2, God gave Adam and Eve work to do so that they could live full lives. You see, work is a fundamental part of God’s plan for men; however, the devil, who enjoys corrupting everything that God created, turned men against the idea of work teaching them to see it as a burden instead of a blessing. Even Christians who are not supposed to listen to the devil fall prey to this idea quite often.
So does this mean that you will love every moment of your job if you get the right one? Absolutely not. Since we live under the curse of sin, we all have to do things that we don’t want to do, but that doesn’t mean that we should shirk these tasks or even not enjoy them. Instead we should take the tiresome and burdensome aspects of work and use the doing of them to worship God with our perseverance.