Second to sleep, work occupies a massive portion of our lives with the average human spending 90,360 hours at work. Unfortunately, only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged in their work.
Finding people who are truly living out their passions and gifts are rare birds. As a millennial myself who spends much of his time with other millennials, I have found that the common theme among us is dissatisfaction in our careers.
“What I’m doing for work is not meaningful at all.”
“I wish I can use more of my passions and gifts in my job.”
“I really want to do something more meaningful and serve God more.”
How many times have we heard these narratives from others or ourselves? Whatever your circumstance, God has you there for a reason and a season. God may be using this season of your life to prepare you for much greater things down the road.
God may be putting you through a desert season of life to strengthen your character.
He may be testing your faithfulness by giving you mundane tasks at work.
Each day, we have an opportunity to use work as a vessel for worship. Perhaps you’re not necessarily a missionary in the far reaches of Africa or feeding the hungry in the villages of Thailand, but you are still a child of God and a shining light in a world that still does not know about the story of love and redemption – Jesus.
Matthew 5:16 says: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
On a typical Sunday, followers of Jesus gather together, listen to musical worship and a sermon, and commune in fellowship. But what happens on Monday?
As Christians in the workplace, we are called to be salt and light to the broken and unsaved. Interestingly enough, the largest people group who are broken and unsaved are situated in our workplaces – outside of the four walls of church.
When we change our perspective from “How can I get meaning out of my work?” to “How can I bring meaning to my work?”, it changes the way we live out our faith in our professional life.
Here are 4 practical ways to bring meaning to work:
Serve others, make yourself available, and care about those around you. Hang around the water cooler or snacking area and genuinely ask people about their weekends and what they have been doing outside of work. Be intentional about grabbing coffee and lunch with people. Be known as the one who not only cares about their professional success but their personal lives. When you make yourself available and people know your intention is to care, they open up and you can point them to the one who unconditionally cares and loves. Remember – relationships take time to build, especially with your manager, but it’ll all be worth it.
Strive to be the hardest working, most diligent person in the office. There is attractiveness to hard work. Over time, when you become skillful at your job given that you continuously learn and develop, people will come to you and ask for advice and feedback. Influence will follow suit, giving you opportunities to boldly state the reason for why you work so hard. God has given you skills to do your work. Thank God for those skills and be a faithful steward of His blessings.
Be absolutely honest in all of your dealings at work. Whether this comes in the form of logging accurate hours, being transparent about your products and services to clients, or putting in a full day’s work. Think: “If I were the owner of the company or organization, would I hire this person again knowing what I’ve seen from this person?” You are honoring God by honoring your employer. God placed your manager, coworkers, and clients in your life for a reason and season. Be faithful with integrity.
As spiritual and cliché as this sounds, prayer has the power to move mountains and perform miracles. Pray for God to highlight people at work who you can minister and serve. Pray for breakthroughs in your relationships and job performance. Give gratitude for a job that pays you money so you can support yourself and give to others.
Wherever you are in your professional and spiritual journey, we all have the opportunity to make a positive impact for His kingdom and make His name known outside the four walls of church.