Finding Joy in the 9 to 5

It’s time to bring your unique self to every aspect of your life—including work.
Finding Joy in the 9 to 5

Women work, and they work hard. In 2013, the Department of Labor reported 57 percent of women work full or part time. That same report places the number of mothers (with children under 18 years old) working outside the home—part time or full time—at nearly 70 percent. Other studies show women spend consistently more time on housework, cooking, and childcare than men.

Every day, we spend more time working than anything else. When the work is good, we find life and purpose in our jobs. Being able to create, cultivate, and steward our skills and resources puts us in touch with our Creator, who has given us a desire to contribute to the world in meaningful ways. But when work is hard, it can be difficult to connect our daily routine to our Creator. If anything, we feel less creative, less free, less like ourselves. When it comes to our work, most of us experience seasons of “good” and seasons of “hard.” So whichever season you are in, how can we each bring our unique, creative selves to all of it—whether it’s flipping an egg in the pan or programming formulas into a spreadsheet? Let’s explore together how you can find joy in the work God’s given you, starting right now.

1. Commit

When we follow Jesus, we are committing to an everyday experience. The original word for “disciple” in Scripture is also translated as “learner” or “student.” When we place our feet on
the ground in the morning, we are invited to begin another day as students of Jesus. It doesn’t matter what kind of work that day involves—it’s still an open invitation to follow him.

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Nicole Unice

Nicole Unice is a TCW regular contributor. Nicole is on the ministry staff of Hope Church and author of Brave Enough and She's Got Issues. She writes for a variety of magazines and speaks nationwide at retreats and leadership events. Nicole and her husband Dave have three children. You can find her blogging about honest living at NicoleUnice.com.

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Career; Celebration; Joy; Relaxation; Work
Today's Christian Woman, June 10, 2015
Posted June 10, 2015

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