The Glory of Waffles and Work

… I don’t want her to feel less dignified if she doesn’t find a career that perfectly fits the American dream. What do I want for her? What I want for all of us—to love the idea of working (and creating), to pursue what brings her joy. At that moment? It was waffles. Hallelujah.

He Saw That It Was Good p. 25

Work can certainly tend toward depravity. And work is frustrated by the curse. But work is not bad. It is a blessing of God in that it endows us with purpose (Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. Genesis 2:15). It’s also a command of God that precedes the command to rest (Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, Exodus 20:9–10). 

Making waffles or digging wells can bring glory to God, and both can magnify the idol of self. So as parents we must model the goodness and glory of work and its purpose in creating a garden worth living in. So when a passion emerges—waffles or wells or watches—we rejoice and encourage good work for God’s glory and others’ good. 

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