Learning to Love What Must Be Done

As an antidote to the selfcentered, “have it your way” culture in which we live, take a moment to consider the following from the German poet Goethe. He writes, “Cease endlessly striving for what you would like to do, and learn to love what must be done.  

This is no doubt challenging, but Goethe points us toward a proper theology of work for our day to day lives.  Can we see the tasks before us, especially the difficult tasks, as those things which actually work together for our good? Or can we only find satisfaction in the more obvious and immediate pleasures that we crave? And what would we say knowing that our short term desires often leave us deeply dissatisfied in the end?

Our brother and fellow laborer, Christopher Perrin, wrote an article with the same title as this blog post. It is well worth the read. “Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.” Proverbs 15:21