It’s Labor Day. Time to celebrate your work! Is that the feeling you have about your work – that you celebrate having the opportunity to generate significant income, AND do work that is part of a worthy cause?
Maybe as a 5-yr-old you thought you heard God speaking to you in the still of the night – calling you to a certain type of life and a special kind of work. So what happened? Along the way, in our desire to be responsible, practical, and realistic adults, too many of us wildly imaginative kids lost touch with our creative abilities and gave up a commitment to translating our dreams into enjoyable and fulfilling work.
In fact, the moment you realize that meaningful, purposeful, and profitable work really is a possibility, you’ve already taken an important step toward reawakening the dreams and passions you haven’t acted on in years. All of a sudden, complacency and “comfortable misery” become intolerable. The idea of putting your calling on the shelf becomes intolerable. Not only do we have the opportunity, we have the responsibility to spend our working hours in work that will elevate us to our highest calling and transform the world around us.
Yes, meaningful work really is within your grasp. You can recapture that childlike creativity you may have lost. You can release the dreams and sense of purpose you had as a child. You may find your prayers invigorated, now knowing there is a day-by-day application of God’s design for your life. And once you’ve opened the door and seen all the exciting career opportunities that await you—whether you decide to revolutionize your current job or launch a new career altogether—you’ll find you can’t go back to the old way of working. It’s like you’ve fanned to life some dying embers, ignited a new flame of possibility. That inner light of our childhood imagination might have been dimmed by our “adult” notions of work, but you can rekindle it again so that you get a real sense of all the possibilities available to you.
We can find ways to express our hopes and dreams in our daily work. I believe that our work can be our best gift to ourselves, our friends and family, our communities—and the best expression of our purpose here on earth. Given the amount of time we spend working, failure to find meaningful, significant work is not just a minor misstep in living out God’s plan; it is a deeper kind of failure that can make each day feel like living death.
Fulfilling work, work that integrates our talents and our passions, work done for a worthy purpose, has always been a sign of inner—and outer—maturity and wisdom.
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