Thomas Carlyle on Your Work

Today is a Final Word (at least for awhile) from Mr. Carlyle. Here it is. 

Thomas Carlyle quote On the choice of books  work  vocation meaning and purpose of work

Once again we see how rooted Carlyle is in the Christian worldview. For that worldview has a VERY HIGH view of work. Created in God's image, we are creators, workers, doers, makers of artifacts, artisan of culture, laborers in the marketplace vineyards of endless occupations.

We are created to do this. Much of the meaning and purpose of your life is to find out what you are made to do and what is made for you to do. At that intersection you discover identity, calling and vocation. Carlyle says this is one of the first problems every one of us must confront. What is the work we are to do in the universe?

In our work, we experience community with others. At our work we are attentive to the presence of God who is with us in the world. Through our work we contribute to the beautiful purpose of God to make (and now redeem) the world. As we work, we are very much like our Father in Heaven, the Supreme Craftsman of all that is good, true and beautiful. 

It really is one of the first things - your calling and your work.
May you this day do Good Work and to this good work to the glory of God and the serving of your corner of the world.


Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International