David Paul Kuhn felt inspired to write a book about a topic many have brushed aside. As technological rapidly changes, automation, computers and robotics are taking away millions of jobs once held by working men in America. If modern advances in driverless vehicles continues to progress, another 3 million truck drivers could be in danger of losing their long held careers. In his 2015 book, What Makes It Worthy, Kuhn details the importance men derive from working. If men can’t provide for their families, a sense of worth is lost, creating a chain reaction that negativity impacts future generations. The goal of this book is to illustrate the worthiness of maintaining a job.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things, Philippians 4:8.
The term worthy refers to abilities that merit recognition. Whether you have a certain job title such as a doctor or demonstrate impressive qualities, others will quickly take notice. Careers, fields of work or occupations place individuals within a specific social status. Entry level positions will place you within the lower class. Promotions into lower management will elevate you into the middle class. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs, exceptional sales and higher degrees can lift some hard workers into the upper class. However, on the way to the top, some participate in illegal, shady or ungodly methods. Thus, pursuing noble causes outside of any career provides its own sense of accomplishment.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me, Galatians 2:20.
When I first got married, I always felt inferior while talking to other groups of men. While it didn’t help living in an affluent suburb west of Chicago, I didn’t possess the DNA to become rich and wealthy. My relationship with Christ didn’t mesh with the ways of the world. Thus, I became confused, unable to find my place in this world until becoming a high school Bible teacher and golf coach. Six years have passed since this position was taken away from me, placing me back where I was before. Nonetheless, if you want to experience a sense of worth, begin with Jesus, Romans 10:9-10. From here, the Holy Spirit will guide you to the place where you need to be, Galatians 5:25. Until then, keep praying until clarity and self worth is restored.
by Jay Mankus