In the world but not of it

March 1, 2010

Tall buildings…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15

The Empire State Building stood as the tallest building in the world for more than forty years. It is without doubt one of the most recognizable buildings on earth and a symbol of America’s prosperity.

What most people don’t know about this 102-story building is that it was built during The Great Depression that lasted from 1929-1940. The Empire State Building took only 18 months to build from the first shovel to hit the ground to the opening day ceremony.

This is remarkable in and of itself and actually takes us back to the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem which with Nehemiah’s oversight and God’s grace it too was rebuilt in record time.

You see, because the Empire State Building was built during the depression there were many people available to work. In fact, over 3,400 workers were involved. There was little complaining and grumbling because people were simply grateful to be employed and thus the attitude that came along with that gratitude resulted in altitude…all 1,453 feet of it.

This is such an object lesson for us who think of employment as an entitlement rather than a privilege.

We stumble through our work complaining and grumbling against our co-workers and employer about all the things we don’t like or that could be improved. Yet look at the productivity and teamwork that resulted from rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem or even the modern day example before us. Imagine a work environment where people are actually grateful to have a job and to put forth their best effort.

Lord help us to be grateful for the work we are able to perform. Thank you for the capacity to work and to contribute to the welfare of our families and those in need. By your grace Father let us see that we are privileged to earn a living doing whatever it is we do and through that heart of gratitude let us be a light and example to others so that they too may come to that same knowledge…

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