Musings on WorkEcclesiastes 2:24 says, "There is nothing better for a man than taking meat and drink, and having delight in his work. This again I saw was from the hand of God."
I enjoy work and am thankful to God for the work that he's given me.
Here's a note I wrote to my kids some time ago.
Here's Arlo Gutherie's song about Hard Work.
- The second most important thing for you to do in your
life is to be self supporting, mature and responsible. I as
your parent, am willing to do most anything to see that happen,
including making your life rather miserable (for which you may
hate me for a while.) The most important thing is to have a
personal relationship with Christ, but if you aren't mature and
responsible, you will be a disgrace to Christ - very bad.
- Getting a college degree doesn't mean a thing in
regards to being successful. It might allow you to work at some
jobs that you otherwise couldn't (like being a doctor, or
engineer or lawyer). Not having a college degree doesn't mean
you can't be successful at all. My next door neighbor never had
the first day of college (wasn't even an American citizen), but
he was willing to work hard and that is what makes the
difference. Any job you do is completely honorable, so long as
you are doing #1 above - being self supporting, mature and
- I don't care what you do, you will have to work hard
(unless you are willing to be some street person, but somehow I
don't think that's what you really have in mind for your life).
If you work for yourself like Bo, you have to work especially
hard. If you work for someone else, you still have to work
hard. You don't have all the worries that go along with having
your own business, but you will have to put up with stuff from
your employer that you don't like very much. But either way,
you will have to be responsible and work hard.
- It will be very difficult to make very much money as
an employee (working for someone else) without having some
special trade - being a plumber or electrician or hair stylist,
or accountant... Some special skill. Without that, you will
most likely have to be willing to work in retail, and that's
not going to pay much. If you choose to pursue management in
retail, that will pay more (still not great) but it will
require extra hard work and maybe even a college degree.
- There is no way to get around it - you will have to be
responsible and have to work hard. Until you resign yourself to
that, and commit yourself to doing that, you are going to have
a miserable life.
I've worked for IBM the
majority of my life, and I'm working on some remembrances of my
career at IBM: