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THE GIFT OF WORK BY OLUMUYIWA YINKA-BALOGUN.

Genesis 2:15;

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

    Right from the beginning of time, man has been working. Just take a look at Adam, this guy was a gardener right from the moment he was created. No school, no lessons… just like that!

Most of us are either students or working somewhere. My point is, we are all ‘working’ to achieve a certain goal (be it graduation, promotion etc). But somewhere along the line, it all starts to get to us. We begin to wonder, “To what end?” “What’s really  the point?”   We’ve all been there so don’t even think about saying otherwise. In this country of ours, who can really be blamed for these kind of thoughts?  When we have PHCN to thank for epileptic power supply, hiking fuel prices and now the whole Naira to Dollar palava. It is frustrating to say the least. Notwithstanding, I’d like for us to look at things in a different “solar” light. (see what I did there 😉 😉 )

From the Bible verse above, it is actually God’s will for us men to work. Asides the obvious fact why we work which is to fend for ourselves and our families (if/when we have one), it is also an act of service to God. With reference to Mathew 25: 14-30 which is a parable of the talents. The gist of that passage is that no matter how small you think your gifts/talents are, they are still gifts and God expects us to make the best use of them. And the best way to use them is to do so in line with God’s purpose for our lives.

Moving away from the “spiri-koko”, a quote reads “He who loves his work never labours.” One glance and it looks like rubbish but thinking about it a bit more, you’d realise that it makes a whole lot of sense. If we as individuals think of why we are doing what we are doing, be it work or school, it makes whatever it is we’re doing a bit easier to bear. For instance, I want to be a medical doctor and though it is hard work (I’m talking freakishly hard work here), I don’t see myself changing for any reason. Why? Because I love medicine. I love helping people. And it’s this love for my future work that makes me know all this hard work will pay off in the end. So I just see it as a means to an ultimate life.

In the same vein, don’t look at what you are doing at the moment. Look at what you want to achieve, work accordingly to get there and with the grace of God upon you, you’ll surely make it.

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One thought on “THE GIFT OF WORK BY OLUMUYIWA YINKA-BALOGUN.

  1. Opus Dei, a Catholic apostolate espouses just one message, which is the translation of their name- Work of God. And I subscribe very much to this belief that you don’t have to come out of your life to serve God. You can serve God wherever you are and with whatever you do. You can serve God with your work as a doctor, your studies as a student. Everything good of course that you do can be offered up as a sacrifice to God such that your entire life, from waking to sleeping becomes one unending prayer of love and sacrifice. And in doing that, work becomes pleasurable, and you give it your best effort, because you do whatever you do for God, not for man.
    Nice one wolverine.

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