for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
When God works through you in your job, it makes the hours breeze by, and the tasks easy.
Have you ever had a job where you are so disgruntled and bored that you tend to check the clock so often that it seems only seconds have gone by since the last time you checked. Then you force yourself to NOT look and play a game with yourself to wait so long til you check again. I was in such a job working my way through college. I thought I would never make it until break time, then til lunch time, then til closing time. It was soooo boring. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever gone to work in the morning, dreading the day? Have you ever gotten up in the morning dread the “job” you had at home to clean the house, get ready for the weekend company, or just do normal household and parenting chores?
“The pollster, Lou Harris, says that the average American works 30% more today than in 1973 (just 40 years ago) and has 32% less free time per week. They say 65% of the top managers in this country work more than 50 hours a week. Most executives work 10 hours a day (not eight), and 18% work 12 or more hours a day to get done what they feel they need to get done. Many work those twelve hours to earn a little more money to take home.”
“There is a great story about Kemmons Wilson, Sr., founder of Holiday Inns. He was asked to give a commencement speech at the high school he once attended. Wilson, who did not graduate from high school, told the graduating students: ‘I really don’t know why I’m here, I never got a degree, and I’ve only worked half-days my entire life. I guess my advice to you is to do the same. Work half-days, every day. And it doesn’t matter which half – the first twelve hours or the second twelve hours.’”
When you love your job and take God with you and let him work through you, clock watching ends. Many of us work for ourselves, are retired, have different focuses other than hourlypaying jobs. That is neither here nor there. A job is anything we are committed to do, whether payment is involved or not. The same drudgery can occur, even if we are doing silly paperwork (dusting or washing floors) at home. So it is important that we pay attention to our mindset/our mood/our attitude while we are working.
Changing the way we view our work will allow changes inside, spiritually, and that can make all the difference in the world. Bringing God into the forefront of our work bring joy in whatever we are doing; and we have more inspiration and more spirituality because we have God with us – our partner. Then, we are inspiring others with this same joyous feeling. What a witness we can be.
In old movies of the 20s and 40s you see the portrayal of the business tycoon. It is always the same. He is sort of a portly gentleman who smokes a cigar. He is always rushing from here to there and never has time for anybody. He is mean. And whenever he deals with his employees, he is always screaming and filled with tension. What a bad role model for the man or woman in the workplace. It does not have to be this way.
So, instead of resisting the “work” we have to do, let’s try to make our work fun and enjoyable and full of excitement, even in the paperwork.
Here are 10 ways to turn the agonizing “dread” work into an enjoyable journey.
1. Take life a little less seriously. Don’t try to carry the burdens of life on your shoulders. God is much better at that; turn it over to Him.
2. Let God work through you. With that focus alone, everything will change
“Psychologist Dr. Arthur Stone conducted a study of 100 people over a three-month period of time. He found that when something bad happened to them at work, their immune system was significantly weakened for that day. The good news is that when something good happened, the immune system was strengthened and increased for the next two days.”
3. Decide right here and now to love your job/work, and this is a key. Let this be a self fulfilling prophecy – to love your work. Love all the work you do be WITH God. Pray to view your job in a new way.
4. Plan your work and work your plan, with God’s help A great example of this is rowing a boat. If you are paddling in the center of the lake and look only at the paddles and the water below, you are likely to go in circles. Plan the destination and stare at the shore; your boat will head in that direction because that is now your goal and your plan.
We need a plan or we get swamped with all sorts of things that pop up. Then is the sense of overwhelm wrapping its fingers around us. And do not try to complete everything at once. Then we become like hamsters on the wheel, going nowhere fast – running in circles. Has that happened to you? Then it is time, to sit down, take a deep breath and join God for a few minutes,
The Bible says, “This one thing I do,” and you do it. You may not know how to do it, but you ask God for strength, power, and wisdom in the way to proceed with that one thing, and God will tell you how to do it.
5. Clear up your attitude. Your work is as difficult as how you think about it. If you think the job will be easy with God’s help, it will be. Connecting with God allows you to accomplish tasks beyond your own abilities. Remember that God can turn the impossible into possible. We can say, “Okay, this one thing seems like a mountain to me. I do not know how to proceed on this, but I know You do, God. I am willing to take the action You tell me what to do and You tell me the way I should go. I am not going to resist. I am actually going to have Your mental attitude inside of me.”
God is love. Knowing and keeping God involved in your work will remove resistance.
In his book, “The Prophet,” Kahlil Gibran said, “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”
Bring your joy and your love, and then you bring your talent, adding to the forefront God’s genius.
6. By using your knowledge as you focus on your work, you will become more effective. Do it right; do it once. When you allow God to come through you, you do it right the first time without excuses. God can guide you continuously.
What if Shakespeare announced, “I can not write; I do not have a computer. Sorry.” He had only a quill. But he forged ahead with what he had and used it within the best of his ability. Look what he accomplished. We have to look at our life, our work, the same way. So what if we don’t have all the mechanics and supplies to do it the way we want. Let’s find a way to succeed with what we do have. We have our mind, our faith, our trust, our goals and aspirations. We can do it and love doing it because it will lead us forward in our life and our spirituality.
7. Relax; this won’t hurt a bit. Practice that. Take a deep breath and put a smile on your face. Pretend you are going to your favorite place to play.
God allows us to have a positive and fun attitude. We need not be negative or resistant, just relax, enjoy the ride (work). With God, it will be fun no matter what the job is (even cleaning the bathroom). .
Here is a story about working…
“Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied what the company said – that workers were flagrantly abusing their contract’s sick-leave provisions. One morning, at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper. “This man,” he announced, “called in sick yesterday.” There, on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. There was absolute silence in the room for what seemed like a long time.
A union negotiator broke the silence in the room, “Wow,” he said, “Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!” “
Made you laugh, didn’t it?!
You shall call, and I will answerYou; You shall desire the work of Your hands. Job 14:15
8. Refuse to procrastinate. Discipline yourself through self control and prayer. Discipline comes from the same words root as disciple. Think about that for a while. Think of yourself through the eyes of Jesus as you follow Him and His actions in His work. How would Jesus handle these duties? Once you change your attitude, your whole perspective will change.
9.Always begin your work with prayer, We need to pray about our big jobs and our small jobs as we begin, through the task, and as we end, thanking Him for His special radiance over us. When we are open to the good of God, positive things always happen. Be on the lookout for that. You will be pleasantly surprised and delighted.
10. Make God your partner. Don’t try to do any job or task without Him by your side. Our mind can create resistance out of anything. But God working through and with us creates and ease of task with no burdens.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:20
At the end of the work day, whether as a housewife/husband or a corporate bpss. You will still be filled with energy. Spend the evening giving God the glory and reflecting on the wondrous day and what all you and God accomplished.
God will take the load off of you. God is with you at your job, at the store, at the office, at your home, in your garden – as much as He is right here with you as you read this and as you pray. Begin each day with your new God-given attitude. Work in job-share – you and God sharing the task. Know that God is pulling about 90% of the load, you just have to show up and allow the task to happen, let God work through you and around you – over and under.
and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:13
Let us pray:
I pray that in some way my humble words today create a spark in you of something that will begin to happen on a daily basis. As you face your tasks with God, you have a smile inside of you and a joy that radiates from the innermost realm of your being. You no longer need to struggle and strain. God has developed an ability within you, as never before, to work through you. Lord, help us to decree in Your name that we will always keep You with us, guiding us in our work, in our leisure, in our every day life. Keep our burden low and our faith and trust high. Help us be totally effective in all that we do for and with and through You.. We pray in Your name and acknowledging You as God the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen
And we peay in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. . . . Amen.