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Not long ago a Missouri couple won nearly $300 million in the lottery, but quickly spent it all–luxury cars, bad investments, gambling, drug addiction, and a divorce settlement; plus they lost all their friends, and the man ended up working again for the store that sold him the winning ticket. This couple’s experience illustrates a biblical maxim found in Proverbs 28:19 that says, “A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.” The Bible teaches that God created us to engage in meaningful work. At creation, God gave Adam the job of taking care of the Garden of Eden. He also gave Sabbath Days so people could rest from six days of expected work. In fact, we enjoy our greatest fulfillment when we use the ability God has given us to work and serve others. Education and training helps us maximize our God-given abilities. If we are unable or unwilling to pursue and use our capabilities, we may lose our sense of self worth. Work is ordained by God. It is our privilege and responsibility to discover and use our God-given abilities. When we do, we honor Him, we benefit others, and we enjoy a sense purpose and meaning in our lives.

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