It’s Your Job: It’s God’s Gift


So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?I’ve been there, and I know. Work is a gift from God. Eccl. 3:22

By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

Work is a gift of God. Love your job/love your life.

I’ve always joked and told friends I had no imagination when it came to work. My mom stuck me in school, and I stayed there until I was too old to work any more.

Being a retired teacher is harder than it sounds. I miss my students and the challenge of learning new curriculum. No longer collaborating with peers, many of them much younger than I, left an empty spot in my psyche.
It wasn’t always so. For years I trudged into work, and like you chanted, “TGIF” when Friday rolled around. Soon, praising the weekend wasn’t enough. Someone recognized Wednesday as the half-way point to the weekend, so we rejoiced in “Hump Day.”
The years to retirement were counted down.
I wished my life away.

And that is a waste of a life.

The secret to happiness isn’t leisure. British Philosopher Alan W. Watts said it well, “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” 
And it’s scriptural. God did not make work the curse. When He created Adam, God put him in the garden of Eden to tend and to keep it (Gen. 2:15). Adam didn’t lounge around all day eating grapes from the vine, or olives from the tree. He worked. And it was paradise.

Results of Hating Your Job

  1. If you die tomorrow, what then? Who knows the days of your life. Why not live it playing in the things you love.
  2. We’ll hate our lives. Most of our lives are spent laboring. If we despise our work, most of our living is ruled by drudgery.
  3. We miss our calling. Christians often think their ministry must be purely spiritual–lead music, watch Sunday school, head off to Bunga-Bunga and be a missionary. It’s not. It’s your daily living.
  4. We’ll ruin our witness. This is the least of the consequences. Everyone watches people. All love gossip. In proclaiming Christ but denigrating our careers, all will see we don’t do what we say.

Work is part of our redemption

We were given dominion over the fields and the creatures long before we fell from grace. Work is part of the joy of living.
So what can you do if you hate your job?

Of course, I have solutions. Tune in next Monday.

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