We read Psalm 103 everyday for a reason, especially the parts that talk about the work of man, who plants grass seeds in the field and brings forth bread to sustain his body, who trims the vineyards and brings forth wine to gladden his heart, who tends the orchard and brings forth oil to brighten his face. Man arises at dawn and works until evening, έθου σκότος και εγένετο νυξ … εκλείψουσι και εις τον χουν αυτών επιστρέψουσιν. And in the interval of time between evening and night, one earthly life and passing away, a man writes poetry, ποιητής ουρανού και της γης, he imitates the Creator, he knows that art is very important in life, he needs a good pen to write with.

And so we dedicate the most meaningful portion of the fruits of our labor to the glory of God, to contributing to creation, to building our church, whether in the form of bricks and mortar or in the form of the living Word, or both, each according to his means in proportion to his faith, that is his energy of life, the life that he shares with the Creator, God, so it is our responsibility to invest this time for the purpose of His glory of which we are a reflection and so it is right and proper that we should eat bread, drink wine, and shine in oil, and so in whatever holy trinity that is the fruit of the labor of men of whatever culture of whatever part of the earth.

And so to gain greater understanding of such things, each person must work at his assigned task, preferably a pursuit of his own choosing, but to work hard and sincerely so that he can rightfully claim his place as one of the mystery-workers of the universe, which is the energy of faith expressing itself as life, even life on earth among men.

Therefore, this is why we seek to avoid what the fathers of the Church call sin, energy-wasting behavior associated with laziness and excessive indulgence in bodily stimulus or in sentiments that bring about disharmony in relations among persons, this is why instead we seek to establish and pursue a disciplined program of work so that we too may be worthy of the life that God has graced us with, putting every moment available to good use in praising His glory, praying that He steers our passions towards good works, works that edify ourselves, our relations with one another, and God’s very creation. So do not worry excessively about times and dates – these concerns have their place in a disciplined program of work – but do not let them rule you to the point where you lose sight of your creative purpose, rather seize the spur of the moment, cultivating the feeling of wanting to create. This is the middle path between disciplined work and spontaneous creation.

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