Another year, another blog post. I’m sat in front of my PC, piles of paper all around me. Each demanding attention, each shouting to be considered a priority. And I know I’m not alone – millions of people across the world start every working day in just the same way. Work for so many of us has become dominated by the managing of information.
It hasn’t always been this way. And it’s not this way for everybody. For billions of people across the world and through history work has been primarily a physical activity – concerned with growing food, collecting water, raising children or building and maintaining shelter. But for many of us, times have changed. The ‘sweat of our brow’ (Gen 3:19) has become a metaphor.
Is that a good thing or not? I suspect that the disconnect that it creates between ourselves and the basic realities of life is unhelpful. But whether it is good or not, it is a thing, and it isn’t changing any day soon. What matters now is how we understand God to be a part of it.
And that isn’t made any easier by the way that worship and work inter-relate. It isn’t often the case (at least, not in my experience) that we fail to address work-related issues. But rather that, all too often, we fail to see work as anything other than an evangelistic opportunity. It has little value of itself, but only by virtue of what we can do whilst it is happening.
That’s shown in the vanishingly small selection of good songs & hymns about work.
I’m just starting a short series about work – so please, prove me wrong. Or even write stuff, and we’ll use it!