Augustine and the Praises of Men
High Calling is running a new article by yours truly on the role of praise, reward, and honor. It is a good follow-up to Sunday’s sermon remarks on serving the master of success:
Nothing beats an honest day’s work, so the saying goes. In an age of unethical business schemes and get-rich-quick internet commerce delusions, an honest day’s work is harder to come by. The new saying might go something like: “Nothing beats a quick, lucrative day’s work.”
But there is a vocational reward greater than wealth or honor, a reward grasped centuries ago by St. Augustine. In Confessions, he writes: “I looked with longing at honors, wealth and marriage, and you laughed at me.” Does God laugh at our longing for honor and wealth and relationships?