Working to Be Remembered

Working to Be Remembered

So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity. —Ecclesiastes 2:18-23

In the last post from my latest book, When Christians Clock In, we looked at what Ecclesiastes says about the reasons we work. Today, I want to talk about being remembered as a reason for work.

Because We Want to Be Remembered

In the human heart is the deep fear of being forgotten. Through our work, we are secretly hoping that we too will be remembered and will leave some evidence that we have mattered.

My plan for posterity was to leave behind hand-built bedroom sets for each of my 3 daughters – pencil post beds, drop down desks, 7 drawer chests, and bed stools. I crafted these from the best pine I could afford and patterned them after the Shaker furniture that has stood the test of time. I even had my signature placed on a branding tool and branded each piece: “Made by Dan Boone.”

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A Christian Theology of Work

A Christian Theology of Work

This spring, my new book, When Christians Clock In: How Faith Makes a Difference in the Way We Work, will be published. I’m eager to share excerpts from the book here on the blog.

As I sat down to write this book, it occurred to me that perhaps I had bitten off more than I could chew. To declare what the Bible says about human labor is a tall task.

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