On the Value of Work

Open your Bible to Genesis One. What does it say? Some version of “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, ESV)

God created the heavens and the earth. God created. In other words, He worked.

Some days I walk into my classroom thinking “heck yes, gonna serve the Lord and shape the youth today!” Yet more and more frequently, I walk in tired, thoughtful, even discouraged, wondering “is teaching teenagers about the history of the world making a difference for God’s kingdom? Does this work matter in the context of eternity?”

I come home and ask Him “What am I doing? Am I wasting the life you’ve given me? Am I supposed to be doing something more evangelical, more overtly ‘Christian’?”

I cry, I pray, I listen.

He speaks.

And His words are the sweetest balm to my wounded soul. He says “You honor me when you create. Don’t waste your gifts. Heal my world. I will use you.”

God creates. I create. I honor God when I create. And He uses my creations in ways I cannot begin to understand.

I create lessons for my students, for my business. I create blog posts and social media posts. I create e-books and courses for teachers.

When we work, wherever we work, however we work, we create. We create lessons and seating charts and PowerPoint slides and perfect project groupings and safe classrooms.

Our work is worthy, honorable, good- not because of what we do, but because we do. We honor the innate need to contribute, make, create, do.

Work is good in and of itself. Our creator worked. He still does. Creating is a joy, a gift, evidence of a gracious God.

When I walk into my classroom, I am entering a space of creation. Creating a safe environment, creating interesting lessons, creating space for my students to learn and grow.

The creation is the point. I’m okay. God will use me. I will use my gifts and He will use me to heal the world. However He wants, whenever He wants. I don’t need to see it. I just need to obey.

With love,

Mrs. P

P.S. I recommend Timothy Keller’s Every Good Endeavor for more on the goodness of work.

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