It is hard for work to be purely economic or intellectual without slowly deadening ourselves. Living spirits can look forward to Mondays when they are fully engaged in the work they do, when they work from the heart not just from their head or with their bodies, devoid of love, joy, peace and every quality of a living spirit.
Which human being looks forward to going to a job stripped of love and joy? No wonder we look forward to Fridays. If we spend so much time at work, why shortchange ourselves and fellow human beings by disconnecting our hearts from what we do? Why would employers shortchange themselves and their people by creating sterilized environments?
Working with and from our hearts, we not only love God and man, we cannot but be fully creative whether we are garbage collectors or CEOs and it is often easier for the garbage collector to be creative than the CEO just because the Creator delights in working with the seemingly insignificant.
When work is done from the heart, it is no longer just a job but is as enriching, as joy-giving as worship or play. It is no longer an opportunity to make a living thereby imprisoning our spirits but our opportunity to love, to create, our “excuse” to seek first the kingdom of God, to release our spirits and bring the infinitely creative Spirit of God into a space. Work becomes an opportunity to fulfill the purpose of our existence. In addition, it cannot but be profitable because every human was designed to gravitate towards love, joy and peace.
Everything we do can be done from the heart, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit whose temple we are privileged to be if Christ dwells within. That is where we want to live because it is promising for the present and for eternity. If we happen to be caught away in the process, it becomes a mere transition from heaven to heaven. For want of a better way of putting it, you have the best of both worlds.
Thank God it’s Monday.