It wasn’t an offensive tweet, but after posting it I realized that the words didn’t come out the way that I intended – a struggle we’ve all felt when trying to limit thoughts to 140 characters. It’s almost as bad when you have to limit blog posts to 500 words. In full disclosure, the tweet read:
I dislike the 40-hour work week too much to be this big of a C on the DISC survey. #AintMakingWidgets
I deleted the tweet because it isn’t a 40-hour work week that I don’t like, it’s an 8-to-5 work schedule that I don’t like. I’m much more of a “work when you’re productive” idea person. I just feel that there are times during your day – probably outside of 8-to-5 – that you are more energized, more creative, more inspired, and it’s in those times that you should be “at work”, wherever that may be (within reason and when possible). To sit at a desk and just wait on the clock to strike “go home” when you are out of ideas, out of energy, and out of inspiration is a brutal, brutal “work” exercise for many people.
There are a lot of avenues this post can take, but I wanted to share something that I learned last Friday evening – the day after the tweet above was posted and deleted.
My dad invited me to attend Men’s Steak Night last Friday evening at the church he and my mom attend. The speaker was Voddie Baucham of Houston, Texas. Big, big man.
I was geared for a night of challenges directed specifically at men. Challenges to return our homes, our families, ourselves to Christian values and the sharing of our belief in every aspect of our life. What I received was a challenge, but it was one that I wasn’t anticipating. It was one that I had never heard or really considered.
Voddie Baucham spoke about work (and all my Auburn friends say, “hard work”), specifically he spoke about a work theology. Not a work culture, or a work habit, but an understanding of how your work fits in with your purpose in God. He spoke from Genesis 2 and started by identifying the first worker.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work…(NKJV)
God was the first worker. God worked. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in his own image. God created workers. Adam’s role was not to sit around and eat grapes, but he was created to tend and keep the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). Adam was to work.
I had always thought that we worked because of Adam & Eve’s sin in the garden, but that’s not the case. We work because God created workers. The laborious nature of work is an earthly consequence of Adam & Eve’s sin, but Adam & Eve were workers before their sin.
So, whether it be in an office, or in a classroom, or in the home, we are to work – to be productive and creative and inspiring.
I’m over my 500 word limit, but I’ll share one last thing that Voddie said, and I share it because I’ve had the “what will we do in heaven” conversation with some of you. Voddie believes that, in the new heaven and the new earth, we will work. We will be creative and productive and inspired to do great things – but the work won’t have the laborious nature of our work in this fallen world.
Until then, we work here. Sometimes it’s not on our schedule and sometimes it’s not where we want to work and sometimes it’s not what we want to do, but work anyway.
No post on work would be complete without this verse:
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men
See you guys tomorrow morning.