In 1949 Aldo Leopold wrote, “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace” (A Sand County Almanac). A third would be that cash comes from the ATM. Taking the necessities of life for granted is dangerous. To mitigate the danger, Leopold urged people to plant a garden and split a little wood.
The ache of hard work points us up the supply chain. Solomon asked, “What does the worker gain from his toil?” (Ecclesiastes 3:9).Along with everything else, we derive an ethic that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). It is a sacred paradox. Self-sufficiency exposes the intricacies of our dependence on God.
Every productive person knows how quickly it all can go bad. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. There are many disruptions we can’t see coming. Geopolitical crises, a malicious hacker, droughts, fires, storms, and worn-out equipment threaten to wipe us out. How will we eat and stay warm then? The weak links are tempted to cash it in. Problem solvers stay at it. They roll up their sleeves and go to work. They know all equity is sweat equity. Innovation and effort will be rewarded from above. It is a heritage, a habit, and a theology. Hardworking people give God credit for what they have.
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