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Our Work as Futile

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w/o: Practicing the Presence of God Part 4

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Our Work as Futile

  1. 1. U.S. Employees Engaged at Work 33%
  2. 2. Most workers, many of whom are millennials, approach a role and a company with a highly defined set of expectations. They want their work to have meaning and purpose. They want to use their talents and strengths to do what they do best every day. They want their jobs to fit their life. And they are less interested in settling. Ed O'Boyle and Annamarie Mann
  3. 3. WHY DO YOU WORK?
  4. 4. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19
  5. 5. 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 2
  6. 6. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 2
  7. 7. 24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2
  8. 8. “I don’t want to work hard all my life just to make someone else rich.”
  9. 9. “At the age of 24 I had met all my life’s goals.”
  10. 10. All of it is meaningless.
  11. 11. Hevel (meaningless)
  12. 12. “You also go work in my vineyard.”
  13. 13. WHAT ARE YOU CHASING?

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