Steve Carell starred in a sit-com about it. Dolly Parton sang about it. Scott Adams gets laughs from it in his Dilbert comic strip. It’s more a rite of passage into adulthood for the millennial generation than marriage and parenthood. It’s work – your job, your gig, your profession, your occupation, your trade. For those of us who find ourselves in the unmarried category, paid employment is inescapably necessary (a girl’s gotta eat), and because of the fall, “it’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it,” as Dolly put it.
You may have your dream job. Praise the Lord! On the other hand, you may feel like every workday is a page out of Dante’s Inferno. You could be in your first “grown-up” job, and it’s nothing like what you expected or wanted. You may have sent out your résumé countless times, gone on numerous interviews, and would take any offer that comes your way just to have a steady paycheck. Maybe you’re somewhere in the middle, with no reason to complain about your current position but not exactly loving it, either.
Wherever you find yourself in your career, here are a few thoughts on making the most of it.
- If you have a job, be thankful for it, even if it isn’t the greatest job ever. It’s a privilege to be able to work, as many of our nation’s unemployed can tell us.
- Do your job for God’s glory by respecting your supervisors and colleagues, doing your work well and with integrity and exercising your creativity for the welfare of your employer and your community.
- Don’t view secular work as secular. For the Christian, any legitimate vocation fulfills God’s mandate to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” and can bring him glory. I’ve often struggled with this, seeing my “secular” wage-earning work as somehow inferior to vocational ministry.
- Be a good steward of your current situation, even while humbly asking God to change your circumstances, knowing that he has you where you are in this season for a purpose.
- Find your fulfillment in Christ, not in your job, no matter how wonderful or grueling it is.
For a great read on Christians and their work, check out “Making the Most of Christ from 8 to 5” in John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life, and have a happy Friday!
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3.23-24 ‘