Whatever the nature of your work, see it as a calling to serve humanity and be grateful for it.
Your work should be something you do with the whole of your heart and concentration and in return you have the utmost satisfaction. When you think about your job, it should put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. If you have to endure your job probably because the pay is good, it will affect your productivity. Get involved with something you can do for free and still be satisfied.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I see myself as ordained by God to do the work I’m doing?
- Do I have job satisfaction?
- Am I working just for the pay?
- If I don’t enjoy my work, what is responsible?
Sociologist Robert N. Bellah in his book ‘Habits of the heart’, describes three attitudes people have towards their work. The first group treats it as a job. They see it strictly as a way to make money and pay the bills. If your satisfaction is from your pay, you will come to resent the job.
The second group approaches work as a career. Here your focus is on advancement and prestige. It means therefore, when your career is not going well your self-worth is on the line.
The third group sees their job as a calling. They do it as a blessing to people and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Your job is not only to provide financial security but was designed to give you dignity and worth, and to accomplish God’s purposes on earth.
Some people earn so much from their work but are not as happy and fulfilled as some other persons that earn less. The right thing to do is to change your attitude towards your job or change your job to acquire the right attitude. Be responsibly devoted to your job and not forced to work or supervised to perform. Having the right attitude and job fulfillment will sooner or later make you a leader in your place of work.
See your work as a gift from God and do it with the whole of your heart to honour Him. Your job may not be commensurate with your level of education or is below your qualifications, but give it your best! ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart’, while you prepare yourself for a better job.
You can’t imagine the number of people that are unemployed or eyeing your job, so be grateful for the opportunity you have to work and enjoy the moment.
Lesson: Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings and not mean men.