My wife sent me this article a few days ago, and somehow I missed it. I pass it along for your consideration: “Looking for work with purpose? Stop looking down on manual labor.”
Here’s a quote:
“This condescending attitude toward skilled manual labor is widespread in America, too. The value of work has shifted away from working with purpose to obtaining a mystified job title. Aspiring to a college degree, in itself a wonderful thing, has meant berating the skilled manual labor. The result is that the ranks of true craftsmen are dwindling, leaving huge holes in communities that took their goods and services for granted.”
Our culture too often nurses a false dichotomy: Success means getting a degree in college and then a white collar job, and anything else is failure — or at least a form of failure.
However, there is much value in becoming a skilled craftsman and an expert in a valuable trade, and not all education takes place in a desk or a classroom.
Society still needs its Bezalels and its Aholiabs. And, actually, their lack in the end times is part of the prophesied leadership crisis:
For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stock and the store, the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water; the mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder; the captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter. “I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. The people will be oppressed, every one by another and every one by his neighbor; the child will be insolent toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable.” When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, “You have clothing; you be our ruler, and let these ruins be under your power,” in that day he will protest, saying, “I cannot cure your ills, For in my house is neither food nor clothing; Do not make me a ruler of the people.”