THE LATENT FUNCTION OF WORK

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In HIS Presence

THE LATENT FUNCTION OF WORK

Read: Genesis 2:1-15
Meditation verse: “Whatever your hand finds to. Do, do it with your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

From the beginning of creation, God instituted work. As soon as He created the first man, He gave him work to do. “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it” (Genesis 2:15). Psalm 104; 22-23 says, when the sun rises, they steal away and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work and to his labour until evening”. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going”. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says, “that you aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you”.

Work is important for our total wellbeing. Absence of dignified labour affects our mental, emotional, social, financial, and psychological health. According to social psychologist, Marie Jahoda, work has some latent benefits, besides a paycheck, which include: Imposing a time structure to your day Conferring status and identity on you Enabling you to be part of a collective purpose Providing you with activities to get involved in Providing opportunities for social contact

If you have been feeling out of sorts, unfulfilled and worn out, a good place to begin your search is the work that you do. Are you meaningfully and sufficiently engaged? Are you utilising the gifts and talents that are important to you? Is your work an integral part of who you are? Is it in alignment with your core values? Do you interact with others while discharging your duties? And are you part of a purpose that is bigger than you?

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