At the inaugural Catholic Assembly for Business breakfast Monsignor Stuart Swetland spoke on the Theology of Work.
The Theology of Work is exciting for Christian women entrepreneurs because it demonstrates how our approach to work is in alignment with God’s will and on the cutting edge of our culture. Here are some some general concepts around the Theology of Work from the talk. I invite you to assess yourself and your relationship with work with some simple questions. GENERAL CONCEPTS – The Theology of Work
Everyone works in some capacity. This philosophy applies whether you are single, married, a homemaker, a mom, employed full or part-time, inside or outside of the home, or have your own business.
Only humans can work. Animals don’t work, because work is a choice. People can decide not to work. Monsignor Swetland highlights that the proper relationships with work would solve many of the ills of our society.
Work has two dimensions: affective and objective. The affective dimension is what the work does for the worker. The objective dimension speaks about the powerful unleashing of creativity work has the potential to do, particularly with capitalism. This creative force provides those you serve with greater value.
Depending on your approach to your work in your life, you provide varying degrees of worth to those you serve. By assessing yourself in light of the affective and objective dimensions of work, you will discover your strengths and challenges around work.
Work and its value are not just about money.
For example, it’s been a high priority of mine to be with my kids when they need me after school. The value I am giving them is the sense of security and regular good stress release they can count on most days. They are able to relax and decompress from their days in the comfort of our home. I feel good when I structure my work to make that possible. Living the Theology of Work as a Christian Women Entrepreneur
In the Christian women entrepreneur movement, female business owners consciously design and manipulate how, when, what, and why they work to maximize the benefit both to themselves and their families as well as those they serve. Here are 5 steps to help you evaluate the work you do: