Do not be slothful in business…
In a day when clouds the color of gunmetal hang over the earth below, there is a feeling of heaviness. It is as if we're trying to push our heads up, lengthening our necks, rejecting the truth that the ceiling is being lowered upon us. The workplace in the 21st century can feel much the same. Too much work, too little creative stimulation, too many demands, too little meaning. Workdays run unto each other as we anxiously await our days off - only to find them filled with all the 'home' work that has been put off throughout the week. So, we are left to look forward to vacation. Life begins to feel like a gunmetal sky - heavy and oppressive. We try to escape by spending hours at work surfing the net, playing computer solitaire, or deadening ourselves on 'off' hours by sitting robotically in from of the television or computer. We are in danger of becoming like sloths - slow-moving arboreal mammals. We are in danger of becoming less than human.
Being human is about participating in the unfolding of creation in this world. To give our minds, our ideas, our strength, our skills, our time to meaningful work - work that enhances and deepens life for us all. It is not work itself that is to blame for our slothful malaise - it is the inability to see our work as contributing to the creation of the world.
Every time we give an idea, or think of a solution, or smile at a weary co-worker, or use a skill to make someone's life better, we are involved in the on-going creation of the world. And when we are acting like sloths, we are denying ourselves the possibility of being a part of that creativity. In the end, we don't work for money; we work because what we do is critical to the development of the lives of others and the world. So try turning your mouse away from the Internet. Look around you and see how your work is a part of the wonder of the world. Sloths know no such wonder.
O God, lift the cloak of malaise from my life so my work can make a difference.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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