The Value of Work

It’s Crazy Money Day! And, today’s focus is a teenager whose earnings this year are over $1 million.

This year, Cori ‘CoCo’ Gauff became the youngest woman to qualify at Wimbledon.

As my wife and I watched her play, we were mesmerized by her skill and maturity on the court. Upon losing in her 4th match, Coco said

I learned a lot and I’m really thankful for this experience. I think I just need to go back to work, and keep working hard, and get ready for my next couple tournaments.

What a great attitude and challenge to all of us!

She proves what King Solomon said about work: Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29)

In addition to supplying our physical needs, work plays a very important role in our spiritual lives. It provides the opportunity to put into practice spiritual principles that would otherwise be mere academics.

The way we do our work provides the best exterior reflection of our commitment to serve the Lord in a real, physical way. It doesn’t matter whether that work is at home, on an assembly line or in a corporate office.

Our beliefs will be reflected more clearly there than in any other environment outside the immediate family relationships. It’s encouraging to see a teenager like CoCo working so hard. I’m reminded of what Paul told the Colossians:

Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23) 

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