When Moses saw that they had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded, he blessed them. --Exodus 39:43
We can be unwilling to have our work evaluated. The link between our work and our being is often so closely aligned that when our work is scrutinized we feel exposed and vulnerable. It seems like our very own self is being scrutinized. A judgment of what we do ends up being a judgment and sometimes a diminishment of our own self- understanding and self-esteem. Our hesitancy is compounded when we believe that those responsible for examining our work lack the necessary knowledge to assess what we do, or when their own work pattern is less than stellar.
When God shaped us from the dust of earth we were formed as human beings made in God’s own likeness. God created us and declared that that creation was ‘good.’ Thus, long before the work of our life would unfold, our identity and value as part of heaven’s array was assured and confirmed. If we free ourselves from the fear that an evaluation of what we do in our work life can undermine our significance as the creatures of a loving and generous God, then examining our work can become an opportunity to deepen our desire to live that creature-hood more deeply and fully.
O God, let my work be revealed as my faithful and grateful response to the love you showed in creating me.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org.
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