Work-Life Balance Part 2: The God Who Is Skilled

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As I mentioned last week, knowing that I can glorify God both ethically (my motives and the capacity of my work to serve good purposes in the world) and skillfully (the quality of my work) is the only part of working that brings me lasting, consistent happiness in my job. It fortifies me for the drudgery my job often affords me – work, at present, is more of a drain than a delight, and finding the pleasure of God in the midst of an unpleasant position is the only hope that keeps me going.

What I want to get at this week is an area of particular burden for me. You see, I am concerned that the church has a bad habit of forgetting that the God who is holy is also the God who is able, is competent, is skillful. Therefore, we who bear His image must also demonstrate ability, competency, and skill in our labor, and the more we excel in a given trade, art, or craft, the more of the excellency of God we have the potential to display. I’m sure this will sound controversial, “You mean to tell me that some people, by virtue of their competency, are more able to glorify God than others?” In a sense, yes. But this should be no surprise. We believe this to be the case with ethics; why not with talent and skill? But maybe I should illustrate.

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Work-Life Balance Part 1: Meaning in the Monotony

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A different version of this article originally appeared on my church’s blog. Due to a friend’s recent critique, I’ve made a significant enough update to warrant reposting here. You can view part 2 here.

“Work-life balance” is a business-world buzzword that has seen its fair share of attention in the blogosphere. In basic terms, it’s the idea that a person needs to be careful not to spend so much time at work that he has no life. It’s received so much attention due to significant efforts to explain and remedy something of an epidemic of burnout among people in high-level, high-pressure positions throughout the country. Of course, even those of us at the bottom of the totem pole know what burnout feels like, and we know these people are on to something. If you have no life outside of work, then you never refresh, recharge, recoup, and something is going to give.

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