When Baasha heard of it, he stopped building Ramah, and let his work cease. --II Chronicles 16:5
There is some work that should be stopped. Some work that doesn’t have the right to be unleashed on the world. The work of hands that are hungry for violence or that hold down the hearts of others with oppression. The work that seeks economic aggrandizement even when it defrauds others. The work is consumed by unchecked greed or that stealthily creeps into the lives of others to demean or diminish their rights in this world.
It takes keen attention to be sure that our work is worthy to be done. We might never even have considered that our work can have an underbelly. Even when we do our work faithfully, carefully, and with integrity, those we work for can have nefarious purposes for our work that we don’t even know about. We must never become so blasé or blind, lazy or robotic, that we allow our work to become the victim of a system that is less than ethical, that hurts others, or that steals life away from the very ones who are being choked by life.
When we do not practice what the Buddhists call right livelihood, we not only risk giving pain to others, we risk the weakening of our own soul. In order that every human being may be given dignity and the opportunity to taste the goodness of God, there is just some work that should be stopped.
O God, let me gaze on the work of your hands, and find in my work the tracing of your touch.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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