The Value of Work

Do you enjoy working? For the most part, coming into Semester, I didn’t. I believed that people should do their best and work for God, but, for some reason, I only applied this to jobs with salaries. So when I found out that I would have to participate in “work crews” here at Summit I was . . . hesitant.

Work crews involve tasks that are assigned to us for three hour periods twice a week. Everyone meets in the dining hall and Nathan, the property manager, shares a devotional about the goodness of hard work. Then, we split into teams, some indoors, some outdoors, and get to work.

I will be the first to admit that I was upset at the thought of having to take part in this. “I’m paying to come to Summit,” I thought, “so why am I having to help them do their jobs?” But that attitude didn’t last long.

For our first two work crews, I was assigned to help stain wood. I found the task refreshing and it gave me the chance to get to know the people on my work crew better. It was also eye-opening. I realized that Semester has work crews because work is worship. It’s a way of glorifying our Creator. Colossians 3:23-4 says this: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

All of us here at Summit believe that we should honor God with our minds, souls, and bodies—and work crews are a natural way of expressing that. Because of this, we should work cheerfully and with hearts of gratitude. We should be thankful that we have the opportunity to work—that we have bodies that are able to. Besides, work came before the fall. That means that we were created to work. It has value in itself.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Terry and Nathan (who make up our awesome maintenance team!), along with their families. They all have tremendous hearts for the Lord and their work, and they desire to show us that there’s more to work than what we’ve seen before. Work crews give us the chance to learn from them directly, which is really cool!

Work crews also give us a break from class and an opportunity to serve together as a community. It’s been great seeing my classmates attitudes change as we’ve come together to serve as a community. Not only are we learning in the classroom but also in the simple, day-to-day activities. I never thought I would start looking forward to work crews, but here I am, always anxious to see where I’ll be assigned and anticipating the pleasant memories that will be made.