Why should we care what work we do? Why should we care where we work? It’s just work right? It’s something we have to do. We have to pay the bills, so we work.
If that is our perspective, we are surrendering half of our lives to the landfill.
One of our WorkMatters Seven Pillars of Faith at Work is CALLING. This is the idea of aligning our God-given gifts and skills and passions with our work. But why should we care? How about this:
- We spend half our lives working. Shouldn’t it have purpose and meaning?
- Work is hard. Many of us are dissatisfied and frustrated.
- God cares about our work!
Let’s clarify what Calling is. As human beings, we are called into a personal relationship with Jesus. Then as believers, He calls us all to “go and make disciples of all nations”. This is a universal Calling which applies equally to all of us.
But, we have a 2nd Calling…to do the work that God created us to do! In Jeremiah 1:5, God said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God has a job for us to do!
The question is, will we invest the time and effort to better understand our calling? Most people don’t. They are essentially stagnant until they feel forced to make a move or they are reactive to a phone call. We need to be proactive in understanding who we are, what our skills are and what brings us joy.
Seven Ideas to Discover Your Calling
- Intimate relationship with God: pray, listen, wait, obey
- Learn who you are
- Step out of your comfort zone
- Determine the difference between a great idea…and an assignment from God
- Seek counsel
- Beware of your Enemy
- When its time…be courageous!
This should get you started. Don’t wait until you are forced to consider your calling. Invest some time now. Stay true to your current work. God has you there. Do it with Excellence. But spend some time on these seven ideas. It will change your life!