What is Work?


The work we do is a reflection of who we are. If we’re sloppy at it, it’s because we’re sloppy inside. If we’re late at it, it’s because we’re late inside. If we’re bored by it, it’s because we’re bored inside, with ourselves, not the work. The most menial work can be a piece of art when done by an artist. So the job here is not outside of ourselves, but inside of ourselves. How we do our work becomes a mirror of how we are inside. Michael Gerber

Oy…tough words.  Too often we look at external factors to justify the quality or lack of work on our part.  And let’s be honest…life does throw us curve balls and sometimes it is all we can do to get through the day.  Not only that but many of us, especially women, wear multiple hats…I am an employee but I’m also a wife, mom, friend, etc – all which require my focus and effort on a regular basis…or work if you will.  So as I think about this quote a couple of thoughts come to mind:

  • What is work?  It’s not just my job where I collect a paycheck but it’s all the things that I do, all the roles that I am.  That means giving myself a break if things at “work” are sliding because I have family obligations that are taking priority of my time.
  • I’m encouraged…and…frustrated at the same time.  Encouraged because the insinuation here is that I have the power to change.  Work on my inside and the results will show up…frustrated because I don’t feel like an artist these days.
  • How do I change course? How do I begin? Scripture gives guidance…Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3-23-24.  Comforting guidance for sure…assumes prayer and obedience…which could be a whole other blog post.

Which brings me to my final thought and scripture…Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2  Seeking God with all my heart, mind and soul will align my inside with His purposes and my actions will be a reflection of Christ.

Blessings to you and yours.

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.