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The Creativity of Work with Jerry Bowyer

November 14, 2018

"When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you." Psalm 128 is one of many verses revealing the virtue of work. We’re made in God’s image and He created us to do good works.  But do we have the right attitude about work? Do we understand its spiritual nature and the opportunity it gives us to deepen our relationship with God?  Our favorite economist, Jerry Bowyer - who's always able to make economics sound interesting, who's the MoneyWise resident economist and the chief economist over at Vident discusses the Creativity of Work with financial planner and teacher Rob West including these topics:

  • Set the scene for us. God creates the world...  How does that become a model for our own work?
  • Do we create the same way God creates?
  • How is the creation account a specific guide for work now?
  • Sometimes we think of work as just drudgery. Genesis 3:19 says, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” How should we view our work?
  • There’s been a lot of Old Testament in our discussion. How would you answer Christians who say that only the New 
  • What if we don’t think there’s anything particularly creative about the work we do? 
  • What if we don’t like our job, our boss, or maybe the commute?
  • How will the proper attitude about work bring us closer to God?

Next, Rob and Steve answer these questions at 800-525-7000 or via email at Questions@MoneyWiseLive.org:

  • If you're spend a lot of money on materials like tracts and books to educate people about Christ, how do you compensate between giving to the church and this?
  • How do balance the true desire to work in the area of music and make a living in a job that you don't believe is your destiny.
  • If you're age 25, have a $190,000 mortgage, $5,000 of student debt at 0% financing and $85,000 in savings, should you, at this point, stop saving and start paying down your mortgage or setting up retirement?
  • If you bought property originally slated for your house but wound up buying another place, should you consider selling the land at a loss (including the work you did)?
  • If you have about 7 years before retirement, $160,000 in a traditional along with other stocks and savings, is there merit at age 55 in converting the traditional IRA over to Roth?
  • Should you be personal friends with a financial advisor?

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