-Matt Ambrose, Director of Project Management
I enjoy work and have had an opportunity to experience quite a few different types of it in my short 28 years. In each, I find moments of success and accomplishment. On the other hand, I’ve also felt like hours of my life were useless and mismanaged. After a few years of working, and conversation with men much wiser than I, here is what I have discovered – Work is dynamic.
Work was here before the fall. Genesis 2:15 tells us that God put Adam in the garden of Eden to work, and take care of it. A few verses later we see that God has added to Adams workload when he is given the task of naming all the animals. All of this happens prior to the fall. I think it is extremely important that we stop to think about that, because it shows that work isn’t a consequence of the fall, yet something that God has created us to do. We have been given energy to exercise dominion on the world around us and God’s image is shown when we do that.
Work changed with the fall. With man’s sin, the work became cursed. Thorns and thistles come into play, and we are told that we will eat by the sweat of our brow until the day we return to the ground. So, we do. We wake up early when we wish we could sleep in. We blister our hands digging holes just to fill them back in, and my favorite of all, we spend hours finding the perfect words while composing an email that, in the end, no one will read.
So why did I choose to write about work in my first ever attempt at a blog post? Because God has used work to show me a lot about myself in the last 6 months. The struggle between fulfillment in what I spend most of my day doing, and despair when I feel unaccomplished has been a great reminder in where my identity truly lies. While work has redeeming qualities, it is not what has redeemed me. I want to work in a way that shows that. Just a little thought for now…