Monday, May 24th, 2010
"My Father has kept working until now, and I keep working." (John 5:17)
There is no doubt that Jehovah and Jesus derive satisfaction from work. The Bible indicates Jehovah's satisfaction with his creative work when it says: "God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good." (Genesis 1:31) Solomon likewise appreciated the value of meaningful work. (Ecclesiastes 3:13) Many humans understand the value of honest work. For instance, Jose, a successful artist, says: "When you are able to paint on a canvas the picture you have in mind, you feel as if you had conquered a high mountain." Miguel, a businessman, notes: "Work gives satisfaction because it enables you to provide for your family. It can also give you a sense of achievement." Many times, however, the person who struggles hard to succeed ends up bitter and frustrated, realizing that he has kept "working hard for the wind."—Ecclesiastes 5:16.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 5:11-13)
It's weird how even this is an aspect about life which "the world" has influenced people into developing a mentality about work, which is the complete opposite of what God intended for us. Instead of humans being able to find satisfaction in their work, by building and creating enjoyable surroundings with their own two hands and continually learning new skills throughout their lives,...our society is set up in such a way that the majority of humans are herded together like cattle in giant corporations, doing work which they usually can't stand, just to make a paycheck to live. It's like one big factory machine.
And the overwhelming message that's portrayed in the media (when it comes to work) is to get the best education possible, in order to secure the highest paying job, so you can make the most amount of money, with the least amount of exertion, in the shortest amount of time. Then you can retire early, buy lots of toys and gadgets so you can relax and vacation for the rest of your life and never have to work again. Obviously that's an entirely backwards view of work, because the whole system is backwards.