Let’s Start With Genesis 1
Why? Because here is the first recorded work. God is pictured as the master-craftsman of the universe, making something stage by orderly stage, and at the end of His process being happy with the product.
Too often we expect immediate results from our work when we really need to stick at it through many stages before everything eventually comes together. “Day” after “day” (and I’ve no intention of debating here what a “day” might mean in this context) God built His project until at the end the various pieces of the jigsaw made an integrated whole and He had a habitable world with people in it. Each stage logically followed on from the previous one and built further upon what had already been achieved … until it was finished. Is that how we plan and carry out our work?
At the end we find God examining the results of His efforts. This is the quality inspection stage. For many years the term “inspection” went out of fashion in industry. The emphasis went onto building quality into the product or service throughout the whole of the process, rather than simply checking at the end. This should not be a matter of either/or. However much, and however carefully, we may have monitored progress in whatever we are doing, we need a final check, an honest review of our performance.
God looked at what He had done, and was satisfied with the outcome. Now He could rest. Work was not to be a non-stop activity.
What do we learn, then from Genesis 1?
- Work is dignified activity; God is pictured as the first worker.
- Patient, scheduled progress rather than frenetic unplanned activity brings results.
- Quality and performance review should never be neglected.
- Rest and relaxation is a vital part of the work schedule.
A Related Item:
The Dignity of Work