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When we meet someone for the first time, what’s usually the question we feel compelled to ask?
“So, what do you do?”
Almost without fail, everyone knows what that means — where do you work? What do you do for a living? How do you make money?
Work is a huge part of our lives. A lot of us fall into one of two groups when it comes to how we view our work. Either (1) work is a burden that we despise or (2) work is the only thing that gives our lives meaning.
How do we really view our work? Would we do it if we weren’t getting paid? Do we equate our work with our life’s goal or mission?
It’s important to flesh out a few reminders about work.
First, work is good. God, who is Himself a ‘worker’ (Creator), created us in His image and likeness to work. Adam was ordered to cultivate the Garden. We bring dignity to our work, merely by the fact that we (as humans) are doing it.
Second, whatever our job is, whether we like it or we hate it, it’s beneficial because it enables us to live. Work allows us to put roofs over our heads and food on our tables.
Finally, it’s important to remember that our careers serve our vocations. Work doesn’t replace our duties as sons, brothers, husbands, fathers, and most importantly, men of the Church. Work helps us fulfill our responsibilities of providing for our families, helping our community, and serving the church.
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