Day 5

Wakening Up to Work: Wisdom@Work

In the nineties ‘Thank God it’s Friday’ became the mantra of a generation.  Contrast this approach with the Proverbs 31 description of the wise woman.

“She senses the worth in her work and is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.” Proverbs 31:18 The Message.

Many of us spend our days at work waiting for life to happen. Waiting for the end of the day, waiting for the weekend, waiting for our next holiday. But this woman is different. She senses the worth in her work and is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. This is wisdom at work.

She carries an awareness that what she does makes a difference, it has value; it is changing something or someone. Something inside her makes the connection between what she does and its value.  She has an intuitive understanding that her work counts. No-one tells her, she just knows.  Because it makes a difference, she is not looking for a way out. She is happy to stay in for the long haul. This is more than a job, it’s a journey.

Life at work is more than a job, it’s a journey.   

The worth of her work is not determined by others’ recognition or evaluation. Somehow God is being glorified through this. She doesn’t derive her worth from her work, she is not a workaholic. She knows there is more to life than work. But she has wakened up to work in a way that produces passion in her.   

For this woman, work is more than trading hours for pounds. Her work has dignity and destiny wrapped up in it. She knows it. This is more than a job for her, it’s a journey of challenge and change and growth and creativity and engaged passion and energy. Put simply, it’s the expression of her soul on the canvas of the world.