Wisdom…do you have a friend that seems to always have a deep and meaningful perspective on life? I do. Actually several. But I want you to meet Russell Williams. Russell and I went to high school together. He is one of the smartest, most talented men you will ever meet. His work? He has been an over the road truck driver for years.
About once a month I receive multiple texts all at once from Russell on a random subject he is thinking about. It’s always thought provoking. I wanted to share with you his latest wisdom, this on the subject of finding joy in our work (and the rest of life):
“Lots of Church, society and culture unwittingly encourages us to be dour and serious. Good sometimes, but it breeds depression if taken too far. Have fun with life. I really believe God wants us to be joyful! ‘Suffering’ needs no cultivation. There is plenty of it and it does just fine on its own. What we have to concentrate on is finding joy and peace in the midst of the chaos. Venerating loved ones is the key to connecting to God and peace, I think.
Lots of people make cleaning, working out, practicing, managing health and money correctly, maintaining healthy relationships and doing work to be ’suffering’. That is wrong. Those things should be made joyful!
What do you think? Is it possible for you to be joyful in your work?
Today, let’s try it on for size. Let’s focus on the heart of our work and those we interact with today. Comment back with your experiences.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11