You Can Take That Job and Shove It
M. Kenneth Lyon
September 6, 1998
You remember them--Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Happy, Grumpy, Doc. Who are they? The seven Dwarves from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, a delightful animated movie done by Walt Disney. Do you remember that among all the wonderful music they had there was one particular piece where all of the dwarves are on their way each morning to the mine in which they worked. And on their way they sang a happy song--"Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it's off to work we go." They're smiling. They're joyous. I don't see many folks on their way to work, as they go down the highway in their cars looking joyous about going into the office or going on the road or maybe starting their daily task at home as a homemaker or stay-at- home mom or dad. In fact, I don't know of any other music that extols the virtue of work. Most of the music I hear that's related to work is kind of a downer. Country music is known for dealing with life's issues; and when they talk about work in country music, it's songs like Johnny Cash wrote and sang several years ago about a fellow who came to his last day of work. He's going to retire. He spends the whole day thinking of one thing, his supervisor named Ownie. All this worker wants to do when the 5 o'clock whistle blows is to find Ownie and punch him out for making him work so hard all these years. Or Johnny Paycheck, who a few years ago wrote one that went all the way to the top of the chart called "Take This Job and Shove It." It seems that our view of work is very different from what's given us as the view of Scripture, because in our passage of Scripture this morning the writer of Ecclesiastes says, "Hey, work is part of the purpose of God. God means for us to have enjoyment in it, find meaning within it." And yet for so many of us it just doesn't happen.
Why is that? Why does work seem to be for the majority of us so cumbersome, so much of a burden that given the c ...
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