Who in their right mind would thank God it’s Monday? It is normally for Friday that we are thankful. Yet I say it with ease and sincerity. Like most of us, my week is divided into two parts. Monday to Friday, when my waking hours are significantly influenced by my role as a director of Gaze Burt Limited. From Friday night to Sunday night I enjoy spending time with my wife and family and participate in leisure activities. It is easy to be grateful for the weekend. But what about our working week? Five out of seven days is a significant part of our lives.
Are we thankful for our working week? I propose that the answer depends on our attitude to our work. So what is the purpose of our work? I also propose that our attitude to our work will influence the community in which we live and work. On that latter point, I observe that we are moving towards a culture that elevates individual choice and expression to such a level that there is little in the way of shared values that tie us together. The sacredness of the individual is unravelling the social fabric that allows us to be a cohesive diverse community.
Robert Bellah in his book “Habits of the Heart” proposes one measure that would go a long way towards re-weaving the unravelling fabric:
“To make a real difference [ there would have to be] re-appropriation of the idea of vocation or calling. A return to the idea of work as a contribution to the good of all and not merely as a means to our own advancement”.
The idea is that all human work is not merely a job but a calling. Our work can only be a calling if we reimagine it as a mission of service to someone or something beyond our own interests.
At Gaze Burt our calling is the provision of legal services by way of journeying with our clients, providing care, understanding and peace of mind. We seek to serve our clients through this lens or perspective. We seek to share and demonstrate our values with our clients.
As we draw close to Christmas, to a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ, the saviour of the world, I trust you will take time to reflect on the purpose of your work, whether it be paid, voluntary or the chief executive officer of the household. May you see your work as a calling. A mission of service to others. My hope is that 2020 will be the year in which as you arise each Monday you can thank God for another working week.
We wish you a fulfilling and purposeful 2020.