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Seriously, is this the best we can do?

Thank gosh its Friday..........ohhh gosh its Monday


So I think these two images sum up how many feel about their work. I fall into this myself from time to time. The question is, what percentage of time do we say the phrase above the pictures? 50/50, 30/70, 60/40? I know we say that phrase often times in jest but I wonder what is happening deep down in our gut. What is our heart really saying about what we do for a living? Seriously! We spend 40 hours or more away from our loved ones creating a living for ourselves and them. To say our work is not a part of who we are is fallacy. I don't think we can spend 5, 6, 10 , 20 years doing something without that work influencing who we become.


So I hear the phrase at the top of the page and am almost repulsed when someone says it. Granted I will take it in the spirit given but what is lying under that phrase? Has the person bought into the notion that they have to just gut out what they do because this is as good as it gets? Have the person bought into a life style that more or less locks them into work that supports it but does not reflect their values? Have they lost hope? Are there no other options?

So I work to help people live stewardship as a way of life. By and large there is a tiny population that get, I mean the real freedom of living as a steward for Jesus. One of the most powerful and life giving ideas stewardship has to offer is by and large ignored so here it is.

"One is the personal nature of a call from Jesus Christ. He does not summon disciples as a faceless crowd but as unique individuals. "How do you know me?" Nathanael asks. "Before Philip called you," Jesus answers, "I saw you under the fig tree." He knows people's personal histories, their strengths and weaknesses, their destinies; he has purpose in mind for each one. Stewardship A Disciple's Response pg. 13

Holy cow that is worth reading and adding emphasis to this phrase,"he has a purpose in mind for each one" . Jesus has a purpose for each of us!!! A P U R P O S E. Does our work fulfill the purpose God created us for? I wish I could answer that question for people but I can't. However, when ever I hear "thank gosh its Friday..ohhh gosh its Monday" that is tip off that maybe just maybe that person traded God's call for something else. And guess what, it ain't all champaign and roses.

Now what? Well I have a bunch if ideas but I'd like to flesh this out and see what readers think. Start the conversation by emailing me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at my blog No Bratty Catholic

Talk to you soon, Eric

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