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Why working hard is a prayer of thanksgiving

Dominic - facilitatorSCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country

LAE - I am not religious. But I do believe in the existence of a higher power and the importance of a higher purpose.

Last weekend, I was invited to speak to a group of youngsters from all over the country.  This is one of many engagements I have found myself attending for over six years.

Sometimes, I don’t understand why I end up in meetings like the one on Saturday. In fact I was struggling to understand why I was there.  I had a presentation ready but my thoughts were in a jumble.

Before me, retired Major General Jerry Singirok, spoke about leadership and how young people had to stand up to the challenge and believe in what is right.  It rang true to me in my confused state.

When I took the podium about two hours later, I also spoke about leadership and hard work.  For me, hard work and persistence driven by a higher purpose is vital in anything you do.

Many people say prayer is important. I agree.  But prayer without the action that is supposed to follow achieves nothing. 

Inconsistent action also achieves little.  Action without belief and without a higher purpose is energy misspent.

Some people ask me why I work so hard sometimes without immediate results.  It’s because of a higher purpose. 

As the generation that is fortunate to lead, we have to  appreciate the special opportunity given to us.  Every era… every time… is special.  We are born for a reason.  We have to inspire, cause positive change and teach others younger than us to do the same.

Is it about yourself?

When you are finding yourself, maybe yes.  After that, what then?  Almost always, the higher purpose exists outside of all that you were striving to achieve in your personal life.  There are questions to be asked. Personal questions. The answers are always there if you seek them.

I have shared this many times and on Saturday, I shared this again: A Japanese friend told me on a bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya that “Work is a sacred because it is a gift from the gods.”

What would you do with a gift?  You keep it safe and you treasure it. You build on it and you nurture it. Unlike material gifts, work rewards you depending on how much effort you put in.

I’ve gone further to add value to that important lesson.

On many occasions, I have said, “work is a gift” and “working hard is a prayer of thanksgiving.”

How is that?

You give thanks for your physical and mental abilities when you work hard.  You give thanks for your ability to see, hear and feel.  You give thanks for your hands, feet, heart and the sanity of your mind.

Where does rest come in?

Rest is important to revitalize mind body and spirit in preparation for the battle.  Rest is meant to sharpen the senses, to enjoy achievements to see the future through the eyes of the spirit then to come back and work for a higher purpose.

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Philip Kai Morre

Prayer and work is an essential component of human existence and our relationship to the high power which Christians called God.

When we pray, we pray for our will to be done rather than God's will. When our prayer point on a certain thing or request is not answered we tend to question God whether God loves us or not.

We may draw back and forget about going to Church because God is not going to answer our prayers. We should know the fact that God presence is felt and our prayers are answered in the form of work.

We make gardens when you see abundance and that God's blessings. You got to have faith in work and God assist people who want to help themselves and not lazy people. You can pray and sing all day hoping that a manna from heaven will fall down but without work you get nothing.

Slim Kaikai

Nailed it....

Simon Davidson

Hi Scott - Thank you for this inspirational piece.

You have elevated work to a higher plane and helped me see to its higher purpose in finding meaning in life.

More importantly are your words to see work as a gift, that all work should be poetic, to make a difference and shine.

The wise man called Solomon added a fine insight on the grandness of work: "You see a man skilful in his work, he will serve before kings, and not obscure men."

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