Recently on a college campus where I spent four hours sketching students in the dining area, I noticed posters up and down the hall with the college logo and this message:
DREAM BIG; PLAN WELL; BE ANYTHING
Since I kept running into the message, it kept hammering at me. Finally, I realized what was wrong.
It was missing something. Something vital.
The posters should say: DREAM BIG; PLAN WELL; WORK HARD; BE ANYTHING.
They left out the crucial step of implementing the plans. What we call “old fashioned work.”
That’s a most unpopular concept, I am aware. This generation, much like the one before it, thinks that positive thinking and “dreaming big” will accomplish anything.
Today, while studying Philip Nation’s book on “Revelation 1-3,” a preparation for the January Bible Study on the “7 churches of Asia Minor,” I came across this. Referencing the word “labor” in Revelation 2:2, Nation said, “The Greek word for ‘labor’ originally meant a beating and the grief that accompanied it.” I read that and thought, “Then it’s not just this generation. People have always hated work!”
In the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve are confronted with their sin, God tells the man, “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread….” (Genesis 3:17-19).
When asked if work is a curse upon mankind because of the original sin, it helps if we remember that before all of this, when God created man and woman, we are told, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (2:15). John MacArthur says, “Work was an important and dignified part of representing the image of God and serving Him, even before the Fall.”