Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quote of the Week

The habit of thinking about work as something one does to make money is so ingrained in us that we can scarcely imagine what a revolutionary change it would be to think about it instead in terms of work done... We should ask of an enterprise, not “will it pay?” but “is it good?”; of a man, not “what does he make?” but “what is his work worth?”; of goods, not “can we induce people to buy them? but “are they useful things well made?”; of employment, not “how much a week?” but “will it exercise my faculties to the utmost?”

Dorothy L. Sayers, essay entitled "Why Work?" in Creed or Chaos?

4 comments:

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, subtle but powerful difference in outlook there. Reminds me of the difference between Jesus' kindgom which he said is not from this world, yet meant to invade this world.

Of course we still need "our daily bread." But worldly thinking permeates us in ways that really undermine true trust in God, and I speak firsthand on that!

Every Square Inch said...

Yes - thanks for your thoughts, Ted. We so often measure the value of work, in the financial rewards we receive for it. I wonder what would happen if we didn't think that way

Claire said...

amen! and for this very reason i turned my back on the corporate world and followed my heart's passion.

Every Square Inch said...

Claire - may God bless your work for His glory!