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We know that work is meaningful, but we rarely feel that it is. The goodness of God’s creation means that we can at times experience work as cultivating a fertile garden, like Adam and Eve must have felt in Genesis 2. But as humans living after Genesis 3, we more often feel as if work is toilsome, pointless, and fruitless. Monday on Mornings with Eric and Brigitte, Greg Phelan, writing for the Gospel Coalition says that we often believe Genesis 2 while feeling Genesis 3. So what should we do? To feel what we know to be true, we have to constantly orient ourselves around God’s promises.
Help! I Don't Feel Like My Work Is Meaningful
What kind of degree do you think you need to succeed in life? A high school degree, trade or business degree? College degree? Monday on Mornings with Eric and Brigitte, Dave Hataj, a machinist with a doctoral degree, draws on the stories of his business, teaching us how to cultivate true inner goodness, meaning, and mission at work—no matter what you do.
Do you love your work? During your lifetime you will spend perhaps, 100,000 hours working in paid or unpaid work. Will you see spiritual significance in those hours? In the end, will they really matter? On Monday's Mornings with Eric and Brigitte, author Dr. Larry Peabody asks what would happen if we were to begin seeing our work as a worship offering that God gladly receives? Or what if you were to discover how he intends to use your work to further your own spiritual growth?
Greg Phelan is an associate professor of economics at Williams College. He earned his college and graduate degrees from Yale University, and his research focuses on macroeconomics and financial theory. He is an elder at Community Bible Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and children.
Dave Hataj is the president and owner of Edgerton Gear, Inc., a Wisconsin-based custom gear manufacturer. As a journeyman machinist by age twenty-one, he then earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California-Irvine. He completed his Master's Degree from Regent College in Vancouver, BC. His graduate work focused on Systems Theory in a Family Business context. In 2014 he earned a Doctorate of Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University, developing a curriculum called Craftsman with Character.
Dr. Larry Peabody (DMin., Bakke Graduate University) writes from a unique perspective on the work world. After years of working, it finally hit him: no one had ever explained to him why getting up and going to work mattered to God. In his late twenties, Larry began searching Scripture for what God has revealed about the activity that occupies nearly 3.5 billion around the globe. In his most recent book, Larry explains what he has discovered over a lifetime about God’s answer to the “Why work?” question, GOD LOVES YOUR WORK: DISCOVER WHY HE SENDS YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO, He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Lacey, Washington. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.
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