Can You Say, "TGIM!"

Some people love to gripe about work . . . You know what I'm talking about! You've seen the bumper stickers, you've heard the songs, you've listened to the one-liners:

  • Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.
  • A cubicle is just a padded cell.
  • I’d rather be golfing!
  • I'd rather be sailing!
  • I'd rather be fishing!
  • A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.
  • "Take This Job And Shove It!" Johnny Paycheck
  • It’s Monday, but Friday’s coming!
  • Hard work never killed anyone--but why risk it!
  • I pretend to work, they pretend to pay me.
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough take a coffee break.
  • "Working nine to five what a way to make a living." Dolly Parton, Nine To Five.
  • “Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.” —Oscar Wilde
  • TGIF:  Thank God It’s Friday!

I operate by the axiom, "Work then rest!" so I can appreciate TGIF. There is a "weekend reward" reserved for those who diligently ply their craft the other six days. But what's up with the work protest? Work comes from God. It's got to be good!

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground . . . . The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:5, 15 ESV

Some people think work is a curse. It's just opposite. Work is a gift from God. Every task you tackle, every problem you solve, every client you serve, every person you encounter . . . these are the bricks and mortar God uses to build a full and meaningful life. Furthermore, because God assigned work, all work has value.  

The great church reformer, Martin Luther, reportedly said,

"All professions but two have dignity before God - that of a prostitute and a thief."

His point? You don't have to be a Knight for your work to be noble! There is an intrinsic value to all work: butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. Your work matters! It is God--not your title--that makes your work significant.

It's Monday, so how about we begin a little revolution. Throw back the covers, open the front door, and let out a big "TGIM!"

Today is your opportunity to honor your Creator with your work!

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Don't Ask The Fish? That's a funny name. Where did it come from? Click here for the back story.