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Be Honest With Yourself: The Joy of Work

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 08, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1960  —

The Joy of Work

The scene is a church work party – a spring or summer clean-up. It’s time out for rest and refreshment. The workers are happy because they are doing together a job which needs to be done.

This, in its simplest form, is a picture of the normal wholesome life. It has all the ingredients for happiness.

Yes, there’s joy in working. Happy are they who learn this early.

From the beginning, our heavenly Father willed that man should work. After Eden’s brief experiment in easy living, our Father’s first children were put to work, tilling the soil, tending flocks, working. Only then, they grew and developed.

How right and how fortunate was the young man of today, who, after feeling the thrill of achievement on his first adult job, wrote home to his father, half in earnest, half in fun:

“Thank you, Father, for teaching me how to work. I love my job; I love the work. And just think, they pay me for it!”

The Good Book is full of praise for work. Said the Psalmist:

“His work is honourable and glorious, and His righteousness endureth forever.”

Even faith, the first principle of life, must be fortified by work: “By work was faith made perfect.”

Young men, young women: you who are living in a time of the shortened work day and the diminishing work week; of the indispensable car in which you ride instead of walk, if it’s only for a block; of the other countless machines and gadgets and work-savers which the ingenuity of man has invented: beware of the snare of soft living. Whatever the temptation to take it easy, remember this:

Life will reward and punish “every man according to his works.”




  1. Um, somebody tell red sweater girl to watch the cup while she’s pouring. :-)

    Comment by Cynthia L. — July 8, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

  2. It’s just ice water — I’m sure everybody in the picture has dusty feet and would welcome a spill.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 8, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

  3. Caption: “Wow, his water-drinking is soooooo dreamy!”

    Sorry, am I being mean? I just find this one so funny.

    Comment by Cynthia L. — July 8, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

  4. Oh, you’ve just been hanging out too much on BCC, where mocking old church materials is encouraged — you can’t help yourself. Come hang around Keepa more often and we’ll cure you of the habit. (But I see where you’re coming from — those two girls are terribly fixated on a boy who’s doing nothing more than drinking water.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 8, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  5. I actually really like this series. This one maybe just brings back too many high school memories (except reverse the genders and I’m the guy on the left that isn’t getting any attention).

    Comment by Cynthia L. — July 8, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

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