Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Genesis 2:2-6, Genesis 2:15
Work. We all need it, some of us want it, most hate it, and others can’t wait to retire from it. In the beginning, God worked. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Mostly, I think I have previously looked at the creation story as God haphazardly “speaking” things into being. I haven’t ever considered that that could have been difficult work. Creative, thoughtful, intricate work. God created us, and invited us into that work. In order for anything green to grow on this large rock we call Earth, there needed to be two things: rain and someone to work the ground. God was inviting us into participate in creative, difficult work on Earth.
So work is a gift. And I will be the first to tell you how thankful I am for my three years of work. My fellow teachers, principals, and students both at Two Rivers and currently at CPA have challenged me to grow in more ways than I can list here. But all of this has me thinking.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately because I am twenty-four years old, and am currently in my third year of working my second job in the first field I entered after college: teaching. Over the last three years, three questions have circled around and around in my mind, without a clear answer. So I’m posing my private thoughts on this public forum, because I want some input. What are the answers to these questions? Better yet, what are your answers to these questions for yourself? Have you thought of these same questions, too?
1. Is there such a thing as the “perfect” job?
2. Is it important that what you’re passionate about and your work be aligned?
3. When are we called to be content in work, and when are we called to search for something new?