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I Love This Job

Understanding God’s Purpose in Your Employment

I love this job has become a popular cliché in today’s culture.  As a matter of fact you’ll find it pasted on billboards, TV commercials, and magazines just for starters. However, according to recent polls, most Americans really don’t feel this way about their jobs.  Instead, many feel trapped in uncomfortable job situations with seemingly no way out.

As a Christian life coach, I have noticed that many of God’s choice servants often bemoan their jobs and vocations.  Many even have serious misgivings when it comes to the workplace and see it merely as a necessary evil, something to be endured, rather than enjoyed.

Consequently, the average person moves through life wearing two hats; one for the sacred and another for the secular. Living for the weekend, and suffering through the weekdays. Does this describe you?  If so, you’re not alone.

Could it be that we are missing God’s purpose for Monday through Friday?  I think so.  Maybe it’s time to re-examine some of the biblical concepts of work and realize that just maybe God is interested both the secular and the sacred. Here are a few observations for us to muse over:

1. Contrary to popular opinion, work is not a curse

Contrary to popular opinion, the bible never refers to work as part of the curse.  As a matter of fact, mankind was given a job to do (work) before he ever sinned.  (See Gen. 2:15)  Remember?  The curse came on the ground, hence work became somewhat toilsome, but never a curse.

In the beginning, Adam and Eve were called to cultivate and keep the garden. Work was seen as an assignment rather than a chore. Work assignments are a vital part of God’s plan for mankind.

2. Work itself is God ordained

In Genesis 2:2, God Himself sets the example.  It is recorded that “God finished the work He had been doing, so on the seventh day He rested.” Thus we see that one of the first recorded interactions with God finds him at work creating the world as we know it.

3. Your job is an outlet to display your gifts and talents 

God desires that your job be a means of expressing your gifting and design.  This is why finding the right job is invaluable for the believer. It allows you to operate in your sweet-spot if you and experience more fulfillment.

Could this be why many don’t enjoy their jobs? Possibly. Of course, this does not mean we never have any unpleasant experiences on the job. It simply means that finding a job that fits makes all the difference.  Are you doing what you were created to do?

4. God uses our vocation to shape and mold us 

Believe it or not, God often uses your job to shape and mold you.  Think about it, doesn’t a lot of frustration in life come from our jobs?  If this is true then some of the very things we are kicking against might very well be the shaping hand of God!  Dr. Bobby Clinton from Fuller Seminary calls these processing events.

At times we learn invaluable valuable lessons on the job, things like; coming under authority and the practice of submission.  What about practicing integrity or patience. Oftentimes character issues come to bear when dealing with problems on the job. How are you being shaped at your job?

5. Your job places you in the lives of people you could never access otherwise. 

Many of the people you work with will never set foot in a church.  You have an awesome responsibility to reach the unreached at work. The scripture clearly teaches us to lead a noble life on the job that the name of Christ be not blasphemed. See Titus

Conclusion

So the question is, should I really get excited about my job?  The answer is yes!  That is, if you begin to see it as part of your earthly assignment.  Of course, if you don’t feel you have the right job, my advice would be “don’t resign today!”  However, begin to ask yourself a few pertinent questions and ask God about it

However, as for me, I gotta say it one more time – “I Love This Job!”

Coach John

Stretched to the Limit

Almost Half of All Doctors Visits Are Stress Related

Twenty first century living can be stressful to say the least. Regrettably, very few seem to escape the difficulty and challenges of life. Over the years I’ve come to believe that a great key to surviving stress is not merely escaping it, but rather managing it.

For me, managing stress is the learned skill of stress reduction and dissipation. In order to survive the turbulence of this generation we must become intentional about combating stress and work at perfecting the art.

“So how do I go about it?” you’re asking. Here are a few pointers that have worked for me over the years. Run them through your grid and see what you think.

1. Understand the seriousness of ignoring personal stress.

Stress and its side effects has now become a menacing dilemma for most people living in the U.S. Doctors now believe that stress contributes significantly to many of our modern diseases.

It is estimated that almost half of all doctor visits are stress related and anxiety reduction may now very well be the largest single business in the Western world!

Consequently, developing an awareness of the effects of stress, and how to deal with it is imperative.  See Phil. 4:6-8

2. Learn to recognize the signs of personal stress and what to do about it.  

To the unaware and uniformed, stress can be a silent killer. Although its symptoms are varied for each individual, they are very real and carry a potential hazard if ignored or overlooked.

Here are just a few of the common symptoms related with stress.

  • A constant feeling of being drained (emotionally and physically)
  • An overwhelming feeling of frustration regarding certain situations or life in general
  • Small decisions become major issues.
  • Physical symptoms include; chronic fatigue, high blood pressure and unexplainable headaches.
  • A marked loss of appreciation for people.

Stress management expert, Dr. Terry Lyles, says that stress can be easily overcome when one learns to recognize the symptoms and takes appropriate actions to defuse them. See Mark 6:30-32

3. Learn to schedule regular relaxation into your life.

Not surprisingly, relaxation is unnatural for many. Preconditioned mindsets and unrelenting pressure to succeed often produces a drive in us that doesn’t equate well with relaxation.

However, scripture reveals that Jesus never condemned mankind for taking time to relax. As a matter of fact Jesus himself always seemed to be fresh and relaxed, almost as if He was on a vacation.  Not a bad way to live, huh?

In order to model Jesus, I believe that relaxation must become a disciplined practice in our lives. Planned and practiced if you will. It’s really as simple as allowing your self the freedom to have a little get-away; whether it’s geographically or simply a frame of mind.

Have you scheduled some relaxation time lately?

 Conclusion

So what is it that’s stressing you out today?  Is it people, situations, unrealistic expectations? Stress is triggered by different circumstances in every individual; nevertheless it’s a real threat that we all must learn to manage.

Don’t let the holidays get you down. Practice these three easy steps (don’t just think about them) and you will be on your way to de-stressing whatever comes your way.

 Coach John