Too-often-our-dream-isThere is an old story that I’ve heard many times of a young man who died and found himself in a very beautiful place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty that he had dreamed of.

A figure dressed in white came up to him: “You are entitled to anything you want.”

Enchanted, the young man did everything that he had dreamed of during life.

However, after many years of pleasure, he sought out the figure in white.

He explained that he had experienced everything and that now he needed a little work to make him feel useful.

“That’s the only thing I cannot get for you,” said the figure in white.

“But I’ll spend eternity dying of boredom! I’d much rather be in hell!”

“And where do you think you are?”

I love this story as it is a reminder that although we dream of extended vacations and early retirement, we need work to stimulate our minds, keep ourselves occupied and to find purpose and meaning in our lives.

Even in the story of the Garden of Eden, which seems like such an idyllic place, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)

We were born to work and there is a plan and purpose for our lives that involves effort, sweat, growth and grunt.

Too often our dream is to avoid work.

Wouldn’t it be better if we all just found meaningful work to do?

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