“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it”—Genesis 2:15.
Like many of you, I’ve been spending a bit of time on Facebook. Since most of the stuff that takes place there is pure fluff and an absolute waste of time, I don’t do much more than post links to my blog, shamelessly promote my book, comment on the pages of a few friends, and quickly see what people are doing.
While perusing the different posts by my Facebook friends, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. True, I may be the only one disturbed, but since I’ve read the Bible, I think I have a right to be concerned. What bothers me is the way my Christian friends, even some pastors, show a disdain for work. Here’s some of the things I’ve read.
“Hurray. Only two more days ‘till the weekend!”
“I’m so glad this is only a three-day work week.”
“Wednesday is almost over! Only two more days…..!”
One girl, referring to her job, simply said, “This is “********.”
Too many Christians seem to think work is a curse, even though Scripture clearly shows us that Adam had work to do while he was in the Garden of Eden. The need to work is not a result of the fall of Adam and Eve—it is a gift from God to His creation, enabling us to be like Him. God worked for six days and then rested, and He gave Adam a job to do while he was still in Paradise. In John 5:17, Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” But it seems from what I am reading, too many people are singing along with Loverboy, “Everybody’s working for the weekend.”
I’m also disturbed by the fact that some of my Facebook friends, who’ve only been out of college for a few years, are already bemoaning a five (not six, like God) day work week. They invested lots of money to get the degree they wanted, spent days, weeks or months searching for a good job in a very difficult economy, and now that they’re employed it appears that all they do is look forward to having time off. They seem to think that a job is a necessary inconvenience; a tool of the devil to keep them from having a good time.
I’m hoping to see (but I’m not holding my breath) a Facebook post that says, “Today is Monday and I’m SOOO glad I get to go to work. I just KNOW God is going to do something great through me.” That would be better than the usual drivel that says, “Where did the weekend go? I’m SOOO tired.”
This is my challenge to those of you who think your job is getting in the way of your having fun: Quit your whining about work! Instead of complaining that Monday is here, say a prayer that God would work through you to bless those you meet. Thank Him that you’re still working when many people are not. And most of all, please stop posting on Facebook how excited you are to get to the weekend where everything will be about you. If God could work for six days and call everything He did good, so can you.
(Do ya think any of my friends will “unfriend” me after this…..?)