How much do you love your job? Do you give it 110% or are you just squeaking by? Perhaps you’re facing some major career decisions and you think, does God even care about your career. Are you at that in-between place, waiting on the perfect job or for an opportunity to stretch your wings? Whatever season you’re in right now can still be a fulfilling place if you begin to care.
Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not what you do so much that matters, but how much love you put into it.”
Using your God-given talents to perform the work of your hands is a blessing. How much do we take this for granted? Wherever you are right now, use it as a time to serve and praise God.
Pastor Rick Warren, the author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” says, “any job can be turned into worship when it is built on the model of Christ’s love; that love is expressed to co-workers, clients and customers.”
Warren points out the word career has much meaning. “Think about it like this — Two-thirds of the word “career’ is C-A-R-E.”
How much do we care about our jobs, our co-workers, our clients, and our bosses? Do we work out of obligation or out of loyalty? Do we struggle at our place of employment? Is it hard to get moving each morning, dragging ourselves out of bed and start another day? This is not the way to live. Christ came so you and I can have a life of abundance. That means He wants us to live a life pleasing to Him and He wants to give us the desires of our heart. Do you believe that? Do you believe God wants you to be happy? Success in God’s eyes is not the same as the world’s view of success.
When Reverend Billy Graham was asked the question about making a career decision he responded with how much God cares about our lives.
“I’m facing a major decision in my career right now, but to be honest I’m not sure if God cares which choice I make. Am I wrong about this?” Billy Graham said, “God knows all about our lives—past, present and future. And yes, He does have a plan for us, and He does care about the decisions we make, because He knows that wrong decisions will only hurt us. God cares about every detail of our lives, because He loves us and wants what is best for us. Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:6-7). God isn’t a vague, impersonal force (like gravity or electricity). He created you and He cares very deeply about what happens to you.”
Finding your passion and working as to please the Lord is where you will find deep fulfillment. If you’re struggling in a dead-end career, or you’re looking for something more, why not start with care.
The word care means to look after or provide the needs of, to give serious attention and consideration to something, or someone.
Warren suggests starting each day with a prayer for your career. He says, “when you get up to go work, whether it’s at home or at school, in your backyard or at an office or wherever you work — I want you to pray, “Father, today I want to worship you through my work. I want to express my gifts. I want to do it as if I’m doing it for You and I want to do it in love.'”
Try it this week. Keep your mind focused on the word care and remember who is watching. Find your place and be all that you can be. God loves you. He cares about you and only wants the best for you. He has a plan for your life. Whatever you might be struggling with, look to Him for guidance and put the care back into your career.