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Monday, 19 June 2017 13:57

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

 

WE have to understand that our work, whatever it is, whether it is high or low, is our usual way to give praise and glory to God. It is actually our way of cooperating in the abiding providence of God. We should not underestimate the value of our work. It can and should be our path to heaven.

That is why we should see to it first of all that our work is what God wants us to do. Our attitude toward our work should not be conditioned mainly, much less, solely, by the fact we like a particular kind of work or that we have the aptitude toward it, or the relevant qualities and skills for it. While these factors matter, they should not be the main criterion. Such attitude can only confine us to our own interest.

What should guide us is what God and the others want and need from us, and how they want to be served. This attitude should determine the kind of work we do and the way we do it, and would bring us to tackle the objective requirements of the common good.

Having determined that, we should love our work, doing it as best as we can. And this can mean that we carry it out very conscientiously, “squeezing” each hour for all it is worth. We should work in such a way that we would always be short of time for finishing what we would like to do?

It can also mean that we look very carefully after the details in finishing well our daily work. We should lovingly exert the necessary effort for it and embrace the sacrifices involved—that is, the setbacks, the difficulties, the tiredness and fatigue.

These are normal occurrences in our daily work that we should not anymore be surprised about. We just have to be prepared for them, since they are occasions to grow in our love for God and others.

In short, in our holiness.

We should see to it that we are always eager to work, always guarding ourselves from the threats of laziness and idleness, and the many improper distractions that usually come our way.

We have to take stock of the dangers that can undermine our capacity to work and to work well. They can be certain undue attachments to things, like games, shopping, daydreaming, or some disorder in the way we work, or the bad spirit of complacency and routine that can stealthily enter into our way of working. We have to react to these dangers immediately.

Another clear manifestation of our love for our work is when we are eager to upgrade our skills and competence in our work. Especially in these rapidly changing times, we need to be constantly updated. We cannot stay stagnant in a certain level. We should also learn to be highly adaptable, creative and versatile so as to catch up with the fast-shifting developments.

Most important is to review those aspects of our faith that are more directly related to our work. Our work is not just a purely technical affair. It has a highly spiritual and moral dimension and apostolic purpose.