Thursday, September 26, 2013

Keller's Every Good Endeavor - Chapter 6 - Work Becomes Pointless

I'll be facilitating a discussion on chapter six (pages 98-112) of Keller's Work Thursday evening. Here are some questions I've pulled together for discussion.

  1. The chapter is largely based on the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes, starting with a reference to Ecclesiastes 2:17, "So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." When do you find your work most meaningless? When do you find your work most meaningful?
  2. Keller says, "One of the reasons so many people find work to be unsatisfying is, ironically, that people today have more power to choose their line of work than did people in the past." Do you agree, disagree, why? What are important lessons learned from your choices?
  3. Keller closes the chapter with another reference to Ecclesiastes (4:5,6):

    "Fools fold their hands
        and ruin themselves.
     Better one handful with tranquility
        than two handfuls with toil
        and chasing after the wind."

    What are some useful strategies to attain what many people today refer to as work/life balance?