Faith in Work: Finding Joy in the Day to Day

Stressed business woman

I just finished Tim Keller’s book Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. I appreciated this book because it showed the importance of seeing the value in our careers regardless if you are in corporate or ministry.

Tim gave an example of a doorman at an apartment in New York, who was known by the residents for his positive attitude and how he took pride in helping people. He took the initiative to learn the residents’ name and when asked why he took so much pride in his work, he mentioned how it’s the people in the building that he cares about.

When I read this story, it reminded me of the security guard at my employer who knows every employee by name. He is the first person you will see in the morning and he makes sure the elevator is waiting for you. He takes pride in the people at the office. He brings joy early in the morning. When he is not there, you miss his presence. He simply radiates with Christ’s love.

Colossians 3:23 says “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

It is so easy to get bogged down in the day to day tasks that you find yourself losing joy in what brought you to work. When you’re constantly listening to people complain, surrounded by deadlines and work politics, it’s hard to find the energy to press on but what if we truly approached work as it is unto the Lord? Not to make our boss look good or to make the company more money, but if we can commit to walking in the light every day so that those who may not know God will sense something different through our presence.

Work can be a part of your ministry if you choose to work unto the Lord. There may be someone on the job who may only know Christ through you. There may be people who need to see an example of a servant leader. Or maybe that company needs your help to bring a new sense of purpose.

There are so many reasons as to why God has you where you are, but friends, know that it is on purpose. Let’s be committed to working smart and intentionally being the salt and light in the workplace.

A Robber of Joy

I think many times, we get so caught up in how God has opened up doors for those around us that it makes us diminish what He’s done for us. As much as I love social media, I think it has a tendency to be a robber of joy. Why?

People share what they want you to know which in most cases, is the good in their lives. People want to showcase their vacations, promotions, engagements and more. Rarely do you see people oversharing their past, heartbreaks, family deaths, and tragedies. We keep those things close to the chest. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t share the good or you need to start sharing the stormy seasons, but it is to say how you shouldn’t allow a post to determine your value.

God hasn’t forgotten about you. He isn’t in the business of blessing everyone but you. He loves you and desires to answer your prayers. And I can guarantee that He is blessing you every day, you are just missing them because you are focused on the big miracle that you’ve been praying for.

You can’t allow your circumstances to keep you from receiving His best. He isn’t concerned about that, a matter of fact, He has probably placed you there so that He can get the glory when He brings you out of that situation. Just because things aren’t where you want them to be, doesn’t give you an open door to devalue this season in your life. God is building character within you. He wants you to lean on Him for guidance.

God has a purpose for you that doesn’t compare to others. He is just waiting for you to tap into Him as the source. I believe, when you do, He will begin to align your desires with His purpose for you. He will show you how His plans have been greater all along.

As we go into a new week, I challenge you to celebrate those around you. Be happy for what’s going on in their lives but don’t just stop there, you should be praising Him in advance for what He is going to do in your life.