“Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”
-Ephesians 4:28

Many of us view our lives in two segments. I have my work life and then I have my meaningful life. My work life is what I have to do in order that I can experience the other part of my life, which is meaning. And so as we look forward to vacations, and we look forward to weekends, we always fantasize about what those weekends are going to be like.

Well, what’s it like for most of us? Many times, it’s sitting on the couch, watching TV; many times, we feel depressed, we sleep a lot. And don’t get me wrong, I love me some naps, I watch TV, but it’s never what we think it’s going to be, is it? And so we fall into this trap of doing the stuff that we hate so that we can do the stuff we love.

I just want to let you know that, no matter what you’re doing, you can be alive in the work that you do. Whether you actually go to a job, or whether you’re retired and it is work around the house, or volunteer work, or you’re a stay-at-home-mom or dad, I want you to know that your work can be life-giving for you. Your work is life giving. And that is, in a way, what we were made to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord, you made me to be productive, to work and to play. Let me find meaning in all of my life. Amen.

Reflection: Where do you find the most meaning in your life?

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