Elsworth Schilling - A Worker's Life - 1948

This piece called "A WORKER'S LIFE," was composed when I was a young worker, and now after 30 years, I see no need to alter it whatsoever.

A worker's life viewed through unregenerate eyes is a foolish one, consisting of fanatical ideas, such as becoming poor and homeless, dependent, whose greatest desire is to melt into oblivion, unseen, unnoticed, and unknown. In other words, "a nobody going nowhere on a dark night without a lantern."

A worker's life as seen by a Christian is one of unadulterated love. Nothing demands more or greater sacrifice than a continual dying. This is the most beautiful life and its beauty becomes more and more evident as the realization comes that it is being spent for others, and for us. A worker's life is all the name implies--work, labor, toil for others in order to bring men to Christ and Christ to men--its one and only objective.

A worker's life as seen through the eyes of a worker is first and foremost, the greatest privilege God ever granted to men, and one of serious responsibility. It is a life mingled with joy and sorrow, ups and downs, encouragement and discouragement, life and death, failure and victory, loneliness and friendship, friends and enemies, smiles and tears, heart-aches and heart throbs--all these and more, which in heights rise higher and in depths sink lower than in any other occupation on the face of the earth. A worker's life is a candle lit on both ends, and while it doesn't last so long, it gives a brighter light.