Yesterday a group here at my workplace (including upper management--we don't mess around) got together for what we call our monthly devotional meeting.
We discussed the secular view of work and work's place in life:
The ultimate purpose of work is to fulfill yourself. Success in life means success in work. Image counts more than substance. Do whatever it takes to get the job done. Success is measured by material wealth, professional recognition and positional status. Work is self-directed, defines the worker and is assigned whatever purpose or meaning to the worker's life by the worker. You set both the goals and the rules, and there is no authority or value system higher than yourself to which you will ultimately submit.
And we wonder why the world is going to hell in a fast car? The secular view of life is ultimately self-defeating and makes work a form of idolatry. (thanks to Marketplace Solutions for inspiring this reflection.)
Take a hard look at the world today, governed by this secular view of work and it's place in life. Is it any wonder that our nation continues to suffer from so many social and economic ills?
When God is left out of the solution, the problems only get worse, because we were created by God, for God and His purpose, which is to love and serve HIM in this world, so we can be with Him in the next.
Pray for America.
Pray for a return to the true freedom from the chains of this world.