WORK! This is one word that rarely brings a smile to a face. Students would rather play than settle down to work. Employees ache for breaks and the end of the day. Housewives groan at the dishes and dirty laundry. CEOs cringe when their phone rings one more time. This is not always the case of course – but this is a reality for many.
We Must Work!
Humanity’s purpose is to work. For those who ascribe to the authenticity of the Bible, work was instituted from the first moments of Adam’s existence in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:15 “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
However, work did not become hard for us until sin set in. As part of the Adamic curse, humans would only eat if they worked, and that work would be hard.
Genesis 3:19 “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Work & Sweat
All work burns biological energy by way of calories. Calories are actually a heat measure – did you know that?
So work can cause us to break a sweat. Most of us are not aware of the sweat creation going on anymore because we wear sweat deterring deodorants, and work in comfortable, air-conditioned environments that counter the heat our body produces as we work.
Investing may not seem like work anymore since we no longer show up to put out effort – but depending on the risk level – many investors do break a sweat in the investment process.
The Bible is still true today – that WORK is how income is generated and work causes us to burn energy and create heat, that will manifest in our body.
Work & Pain
When we do not like the work we do, the pain to earn that income seems magnified. When people fuss about ‘hating’ their job that they accepted and agreed to do, well – something is terribly wrong! Everything that is wrong about that job is – dare I say it? – ALL IN THEIR HEAD!
Yep! I said it! I expect many will disagree, but I am about to make my case for that statement so hold up before you vent. Thank you.
Honestly, I know a Garbage man (aka – Sanitation Worker) who has relaxed in his spirit about his work. Without doubt he is a ‘dirty job’ that will never be ‘fun’, but he no longer magnifies the challenges he noted when he first started the job – but this is a mindset resulting from a decision.
While there can be circumstances beyond our control that can made a good job feel horrid; I propose to you that within every discomfort is a clue to the solution.
My Sanitation Worker friend realized the pay was great and for him, worth all the other challenges he needed to endure to have that paycheck. So, he simply decided to relax, not allow things to bother him, keep his mind focused on the end result rather than the job process – and BAM! He was able to do his job and be there now going on 15+ years. Because of the high rotation of others who could not find their own peace, he was able to rise up in the corporate ranks to earn a high 6-figure income that many in their cushy jobs envy.
Don’t like the commute, but like the job – there are solutions for that. However, it is never a lack of solutions available, but often a lack of creativity and priorities. So, carpool! Whoops! Here comes the whine of those who point out that they hate waiting for others. Take the train and be hands-free! Whoops! Here comes the whine about rubbing elbows with ‘sub-humans’ (prejudice) at the station.
Hate the pay but like the job? Find a way to make yourself more valuable to the organization. Learn a new skill. Be the best at what you do so you become the ‘go to’ expert. Make a point of building relationships with upper management. Whoops! Here comes the whiners about not wanting to ‘brown nose’, or not wanting to spend their own money to learn a job skill.
The point is, within any problem is often a clue to the solution – IF you focus on solutions.
Most of the time, the problem calls for you to create your own solution, and that might be a call to invest in yourself. However, that would be a very PROACTIVE move and gosh – that requires you to actually do some WORK!
Self-reflection. Knowing what moves you. Being aware of your passion. Finding your purpose. These things require WORK! When you know what your passion is, and you pursue it, I promise you, your work burden drops 100 fold, to the point where what you are doing may not even feel like work anymore.
Work with Purpose
I live in this space. In fact, I love what I do so much there is an absolute blur between my ‘work’ and fun. My work is fun.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 ” A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see is from the hand of God.”
Let’s not forget the offer from Jesus to exchange our heavy burden for his lighter one. Christians have the unique opportunity to find real purpose in what they do if they tap into their God-given calling.
Matthew 11:28-30 “28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
For some, deciding to pursue your passion is scary. It is a leap from the predictable known to the unpredictable unknown. Fear paralyzes them so they simply have moments of wishful fantasy that pass like gas.
Embrace your WHAT IF?
I challenge you to dream your WHAT IF? However, there is a healthy way to do it, that will move you to action. I share that with you here. I challenge you to pursue your WHAT IF!
Are you ready?
Are you ready to pursue your God-given purpose? If you are already doing so, how about ramping that up in profitability? Go beyond being self-serving. Move into that profitable space where you are able to give GENEROUSLY to the things that move your heart.
If you have read this far, I hope you feel personally challenged by this post at some level.
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