Alas Kwatro

Ecclesiastes 2:24

24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.

A popular Filipino saying, “Mabilis pa sa alas kwatro,” literally means “Faster than 4 o’clock.” Many years ago, a factory was equipped with a loud siren that was sounded off three times in a day to indicate the start of work at 7 a.m., lunch break at 12 noon, and dismissal of workers at 4 p.m. At the last siren signal, factory workers would prepare for home by heading towards the exit gates, where they fell in line to log out. There was so much anticipation for the dismissal time that workers dashed out in a rush to be at the head of the line first—faster than the 4 pm. siren.

Have you ever enjoyed working in your office or place of work so that you would keep on working and not minding your time? If not, you are not alone! Not a few employees are very anxious about their day off or vacation, why? They wish to relax a little bit.

The Lord declared in Genesis 3:17, 19, … through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life…  By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground… Apostle Paul commanded in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 10 “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

You like it or not, work is necessary function that humans cannot simply disregard. Confucius says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  Steve Jobs says, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Donald Trump says, “If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead, make your work more pleasurable.”

It needs wisdom to discern which job one can love and take pleasure in. It reminds us in Deuteronomy 8:18, 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.

Lord Jesus, thank You for the job You help me choose.

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