The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15 

 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

Genesis tells us God made men and women to take care of and subdue the earth. God designed people to work with the gifts, talents and passions he gave them. We were given work to bring greater good and renewal of all things. Work is not a consequence of the fall; it is part of God’s plan. Working is not evil; it has its God-ordained reasons. We are God’s beautiful people made to do God’s beautiful work!

Do you believe God’s work is beautiful? Do you like the work you do? We start doing work like chores as kids, then schoolwork, our first paid jobs, taking care of babies, traveling sales, taking care of grandma,etc. Let’s start this week by taking an inventory of what you do. Discovering what you do for work as well as how you regard it will give you valuable insight. Take ten minutes and make a list of everything you do, paid or not. Pick your own work timeframe whether it be a day, a year, your lifetime.

Take the list you made and use it to compose a Psalm (in the format of Psalm 136). After each phrase of what you do for work write, “I’m doing God’s beautiful work.” For example:

This morning I cooked breakfast,
I’m doing God’s beautiful work.
Today I led the Monday morning meeting.
I’m doing God’s beautiful work.
My friend met me for lunch.
I’m doing God’s beautiful work.
I helped a neighbor.
I’m doing God’s beautiful work.

By Donna Burns

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