To Do a Job Well Done
Today’s quote comes from the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). While I am Catholic by faith, I believe there is some true wisdom here related to the Christian value surrounding work.
When it comes to our children, there are many lessons to teach. I believe these lessons transcend faith, politics, and other forms of higher-order thinking that compete divert our attention to mobbish forms of ideology. As a parent, I want nothing more than to leave my children something more significant than what I have received. That was and continues to be a lesson I hear many parents say, no matter what side of the aisle they may stand. But when did that simple vision become so polarized? When did our willingness to find middle ground based upon shared principles go to the wayside? I think the words spoken here by American Clergyman David O. McKay can shed some light on a path that can lead us from these dark times back into the light.
The first passages of the Bible remind us that God breathed light into the universe from the chaos of the dark void.
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:1-4)
From the dark void, the saving grace of life-giving light sprung. But notice, this did not happen without the presence of word and action. Work was present to breathe life into the void. It takes a great force to create winds from which nothing existed, a big-bang in modern terms if you will, that moment in time where all began.
It is hard work to be human. That is the plight that Genesis takes us upon, from which we only explored one verse. However, this leads us to reconciliation with that eternal essence that unites us all in a common good. In Christianity, this shared vision is a view of being one within the body of Christ or that binding force that unites our mortal self with God.
Hard work is present to find common ground. But that must be the intent. Let us teach work ethics. Not from a polarized construct of mob mentality. Let us find common grounds from which all can take their fill, and find that inner light within.
Namaste, my friends. May prayers and blessings find you along your journey to believe, achieve, and advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.
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