The 4-Hour Workweek
|by Martha Anderson|
A segment on yesterday's Today Show pitted Timothy Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich against advertising CEO-turned-CNBC commentator Donny Deutsch of The Big Idea.
Timothy advocated working fewer, but more productive hours, leaving lots of leisure time to pursue dreams. Donny claimed true financial and professional success can only be achieved by working longer, harder hours. Both seem to think the definition of work is paid employment, and success is making lots of money. And both acknowledge that in today's world we seem to think number of hours put in is as or more important than the purpose or quality of our labors.
Seems to me that neither view conforms to what a biblical view of our attitude towards work should be. But what is a biblical view of work?
God worked (Genesis 1). He instructed Adam, before the Fall, to work (Genesis 1:26-30 and Genesis 2:15-20). Their labor was creative, interactive, productive, physical and intellectual. And it was good. And it wasn't done in exchange for money. And it was a natural outflow of who they were and why they existed.
Now, I realize that in today's world, we must somehow acquire the money, or things, needed to buy the things we need, pay bills, and otherwise function in society. But how do we understand and live out a biblical view of work and labor in today's world?
Read it. Then consider what you think a Christian's view and responsibility towards work and business should be, and post your comments here.