by Michael Ross & Brian Doyle
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17, ESV
At 6:00 a.m. the alarm rings.
Oh, how Josh hates to get up and go to work. It's the same thing every day: work, break, work, lunch, work, break, work, and then--ah, finally-- time to go home. For him, life begins at 5:00 p.m. That's when he enjoys a meal with his girlfriend, followed by a movie--or maybe something decent on TV.
He savors these few hours of sanity. But work--"Oh, how it's a purely dreadful pursuit. But I do it for a paycheck. I do it for those few hours of sanity."
In an apartment across the hall lives Josh's neighbor Elisabeth. Her alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m., too, and she works at the same place as Josh. But Elisabeth loves what she does. She's convinced that her work is important for the success of the company. She works with enthusiasm and pride, finding personal satisfaction in every detail she completes. Evenings are fun, too, adding variety to her life.
"I have much to be thankful for," Elisabeth says with a smile. "God has blessed me with a great career--an awesome sense of purpose and fulfillment. All that I do, I approach with my whole heart, as if working for the Lord."
Two people, two jobs--yet two very different perspectives. Which one best describes you? Or to put it another way, which attitude do you demonstrate as you go about your daily tasks? As Dan Boone points out, our work "is a sacred partnership with God."
There's a big difference between working for a paycheck and working with a purpose. While having a positive attitude is an important factor here, the key ingredients are (1) discovering your God-given gifts and talents, talents, committing them to the Lord, and (3) using them to their fullest.
God has given each one of us the ability to be remarkable at something. Have you discovered what that is yet?
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