Perspective: Day 3

. . . work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts . . . (Haggai 2:4 KJV)

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What is your perspective about work? About your work? Can you define your work?

Here’s some thoughts I gleaned from the online dictionary:

work means effective operation, i.e. “wait for time to do its healing work

work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force

work may apply to a purposeful activity whether remunerative or not

A few years ago, I came across the phrase “Do the work” or put another way, serve the work. But before I could do the work or serve it, I had to know what “the work” meant for me. My kids were growing up, and my identity was fairly wrapped up in being their mother and the chief home-keeper.  I knew I wanted to be a writer, but wasn’t aware of a latent desire to be an artist. Creativity was always a part of my make-up, from playing make-believe as a little girl to sewing for 4-H to scrap-booking my family photos, I wanted to make stuff.

Trying the latest crafty craze kept my created self fed, but as I developed as a writer, and began to expand my craft love to mixed-media art journals, I started thinking of myself as an artist. I wanted to make art in various ways, whether collage or painting or making journals out of old books. Call it craft; call it art; call it what you will, but it is my work. This particular work gives me joy and purpose, and results!

I know not everyone wants to be a writer or an artist, but I believe writing and art making can be accessed by all with varying degrees of satisfaction. That’s why I am offering this 29 Day series, and create time and space locally for others to engage in the creative process through souldare. I would love to hear about your work in the comments, or if you want to share with a wider audience use twitter or Instagram and #29daysofnew. To follow me at either of those places, click here and here.

So back to work. Here’s your “assignment” for today, complete the following phrase.

My work is . . .

(Write as little or much as you want. Try making a collage with magazine pictures to help define your work. Have fun, and whistle while you work!)

For further inspiration, I recommend Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary about a man who loves his work. (You can watch it on Netflix, and our local library has a DVD of it.)

Also if you want more context about the quote from Haggai, read the whole book. I read it today, not to understand Israel’s history with God, or as a prophecy to apply to current events, but from a personal perspective. I asked myself, “How does this reading apply to me as I seek to “serve the work”?” I found the phrase: “Consider your ways” not so much as a rebuke, but as an invitation.

I see my journal keeping practice, as a means of accepting the invitation to “consider my ways.” Come back tomorrow for some more discussion about how we each perceive our created self.

 

5 thoughts on “Perspective: Day 3

  1. Ah, our work can be a drudgery or a joy. A huge lot depends on our… perspective!… of it, doesn’t it? And also how much of our created self we approach it with and put into it. Thinking about what things I could picture in a collage of my work gets my mental gears going high speed. I think it might turn out a mosaic!
    Thanks for this series, Kel. The timing (February) is perfect.

  2. Kel: My work is presently on hold. Last month, I had therapy people in my home for days a week. I want to write and I have written. It’s not a priority for me right now.

    1. Cecelia- Sometimes the work does have to be on hold, like the way the earth rests during the winter…then I consider that a time for rest and recuperation…praying for you to be refreshed in His presence and sweet times of communion without words…then the writing will come in time. Go gently, dear one.

  3. I LOVE that my identifying icon is green because I discovered that my “work is GROWING” Yep there is an acrostic in there :0)

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