By Heather Suhr
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil-this is the gift of God."
What is life like for you? Is it a burden? Is it enjoyable? Or do you even care? We are meant to enjoy life and live to the fullest. That's what God ultimately wants us to do in life...ENJOY IT! From the beginning God created us to work and take care of the earth (Genesis 2:15).
So, it isn't any surprise that we are here today to work and earn the fruits of our labor. God desires us to find something that we love to do and to enjoy it.
Too many of us find some dissatisfaction in our jobs. Even Christians. I have met several Christians that complain about the place they work! To be quite honest, I was one of them, and I often wondered why. I asked myself if there was something wrong with me.
There was a time when I realized that my focus was in the wrong place. Everything we do is meant to glorify God, so that means we are to work as if we are serving the Lord, not men (Ephesians 6:7).
There can be many reasons why we find discontentment in our jobs. These reasons may be lack of motivation, not making enough money or desiring more money, lack of meaning in the job, stresses, difficult co-workers, etc. These things can come and go in our lives, but some continue to hover over us. I believe that the key is finding contentment in every circumstance (even in our jobs). Eliminate pessimism and cultivate optimism. So, how can we be content in our work? Here are two ways:
1) We would be so much more interested in our work if we fix our minds that our work somehow honors the Lord. The more we love the Lord, the more our work reflects it. Everything we do is meant to glorify God as it says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
2) We can simply pray. If currently you feel like work is such a burden, ask God to build meaning into your work until His timing for something new is right. It's perfectly okay to desire for promotions or a change of job, but sometimes it's a matter of God's timing. The Lord can show you how you can honor Him in your work relationships and service. If you think about it, our work is more of a calling than a duty. We are called to bring glory to God in all things.
I've been involved in ministry for about five years now and it is hard work! There are days when I feel exhausted and other days I feel like I'm on top of the world. I have a new challenge ahead of me and it's going to require a lot of work.
Do I really look forward to it? Yes, I do, because this is my chance to really trust in the Lord and grow closer to Him.
There's nothing I can do of my doing. Do I fear failure? Yes. Ultimately, it's really all for Jesus. Daily I make it my priority to keep my focus on Jesus Christ for strength, desire, and motivation. By the end of the day, I want to be able to feel good about what I've accomplished that day for the Lord.