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The Religion of Work

Read in today's The Star, Section Two, about people being hopelessly devoted to their work.

The articles says that in a research done, some people "were so passionate about their job they believe it defines who they are and gives their life meaning.". It also states where some directors find more meaning at the workplace rather than at home or socially! (Are these the new psycho-worker army of the future?)

It goes on to say that a lot people want to put in the extra long hours because they find they could make a difference at their workplace.

However, the articles stresses that "having a job that makes you feel valued and part of a community does not in itself render you unbalanced. The imbalance occurs when work is the only place where your needs are being met."

One important note mentioned in the article is about the meaning of work. "The Spanish word for work, trabajo, comes from a Latin word for an instrument of torture."

I would like to say that work is NOT life. When someone begins to say that it defines them or they find their lives in work, I personally believe they have situations in the lives that they won't reveal but would rather facade it over with an unreal zeal that is not really there.

Life is definitely worth much more than work. When you open your eyes to understand that this earth is far beyond the cubicle, then you would realise you want the freedom to experience life completely and fully beyond the cubicle.

Remember, Trabajo, is an Instrument of Torture.


What?

I am still very suprised by the complex human behavior.

People tend to be very confused by simple things. That's where we are today. The world we live in constantly weaves into our minds a whole of complexed gibberish thus making us unable to understand simple truths.

A number of my friends were very perplexed by a question I asked. "Do you want more time and money?". It seems very foreign, yet desirable but somehow hindered by their own fallacies.

They would answer with great enthusiasm, "EVERYONE wants to have more time and lots of money! Who doesn't?". I would love to answer them now, "It you. You don't seem to grasp the value of TIME nor how more money can help you help others."

Suprisingly, a lot of doubt comes from the Christian quarter. I am a Christian too. Hoping they would grasp the truth of escaping the clutches of the wordly system by having control of our own lives and having money serve us, as opposed to what most Christians are in today - sucked into a world system that demands more and more of their time AND makes them chase the Ringgit bill, they turn saying, "I don't think I can. Am very busy with ministry". And doesn't ministry require money to run? If your boss required you to put in another 1 hour for an important job, would you say, "I don't think I can. Am very busy with ministry". If you want to be consistent, then be one.

This really astounds me. What is a better ministry than that to your own family? Wasn't the letter clear that our family is very first ministry? Now, what's more frustrating is that most Christians are selfish. My offer, to have money and time, is only achieved when we help and serve others to do the same. What can a better ministry than that of helping others to find hope for their families?

What's worse - can you be any freer tomorrow or 2 years down the road? Why not do something now that only requires 30 min a day?

The fact that most Christians say, "I find my work gratifying and have fulfillment.", simply states that they have utterly failed the simple truth that our families are THE most important asset. Coming home from a gruelling 8 hours of work to spend the extra 1 or 2 with the children or spouse, or only looking forward to weekends IS NOT LIVING the GODLY truth!

Oh, what about the Christian who says, "My work is my ministry". To this, maturity and understanding fails to grasp the poor person. If they cannot see beyond helping others in a real practical way, how then can they really help others through their work or other ministry? In my mind, I simply go, "You have got to be kidding me!". The best way to touch lives to touch them practically while we minister to them spiritually! Oh, how many people are crying out to break free from the job frustration!

The funny thing is how Christians pray very hard for leave when they need to go for retreats or camps. This is from the same people whose work is their ministry. Comedians.

Now, if someone wants to continue working, hey, that's great (although why give away the best hours of life to another man?), however, what if we could work together to contribute financially towards the church and the community?

Friends, get real. Sometimes, we need to understand the bigger picture. The real dilemma. How many of us can give very big generous amounts monthly to support the church building or the Pastoral team? How of us understand our Pastors and fulltime workers deserve incomes far greater than that of those in managerial position in the world?

Yet, your answers seems to say, "Who cares?".

Besides Christians, many of my friends who are not christians do not seem to grasp the fact that they CAN break the binds that ties them to the job. You love your job but does your job love you?

I have said this many times before - all the achievements, fulfillments, accolades, pats on the back, promotions is all about - better income. If that is taken away, bitterness reigns. We move on. Suddenly, our so-called ministry or our so-called place of fulfillment doesn't cut it anymore!

When you realise your time and money is controlled by another, then realise you are bound. I challenge everyone to break free and build towards a community of FREE people who can share and teach the values of God, Family, Hope, Reward and Friendship!

Have a blast!