The test of our work is not the profit we gain from it or the status we receive from it but its effects in creation. Are persons impoverished? Is the land diminished? Is society defrauded? Is the world less or more because of my work? We have becomes so accustomed to evaluating work in terms of productivity that we have little sense of its meaning in terms of creativity. We have for so long asked the questions of efficiency and profit that it does not ever occur to us to ask the question of virtue . . . . God gives us work—not to further our ambition or to feather our next but to deepened creation and sanctify society.
Earth and Altar, Eugene Peterson, quoted in:
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p.60 Sunder Krishnan