Have you ever looked around your workplace and wondered, What am I doing here?
It's a question we should all ask from time to time. Understanding why you work is crucial for setting priorities and goals. It also happens to be a great motivator for those times when work feels especially like work.
Whenever I'm struggling with how to approach my work, there are two key truths about work that I always come back to.
God Created Us to Work
Remember that feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment you get when you've worked hard at something and know that you've done well? That feeling is a reflection of God's perfect design. God himself made us with work in mind. Genesis 2:15 tells us that from the very beginning, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" (NIV). And what's more, we're instructed not only to do the work before us, but to do it wholeheartedly and with joy:
• "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV).
• Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ" (Colossians 3:23–24).
• "So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work" (Ecclesiastes 3:22).1