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“To mistreat the workman as a ‘piece of machinery’ is and remains a violation of his human dignity.” — Abraham Kuyper

I stumbled upon this quote today posted by Hank Balch of Beyond Clean (one of our business partners). It is a nice complement to an article we shared last week on Facebook relating to productivity.

Cornerstone Work & Worldview Institute’s mission is to build Kingdom culture in the workplace but not at the expense of our student’s dignity and humanity. This should explain why our courses are not solely geared to vocational training and business principles, but we also include Bible, spiritual formation, and music. As we like to say: the “credentials” a student can earn at the Institute are the ones that matter most in the marketplace today (and in God’s economy): vocational competence, work experience, Christian worldview integrity, and a godly backbone.

I came across another similar article this week at Desiring God: Good Men Work Hard and Sleep Well. It is a very thoughtful engagement of Psalm 127. At the end of the day, we need to remind ourselves that Kingdom culture isn’t solely productivity, efficiency, and output in the business world but rightly ordering our duties and responsibilities under the Lordship of Christ and recognizing that the Lord gives to His beloved sleep. We can’t be so caught up in our labor that we begin to think of ourselves as machines. We are more than machines.

Psalm 127 

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Lo, children are an heritage of the : and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

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