How To Find
Joy In Your Work

Whatever you do, work heartily.
as for the Lord and not for men.
{Colossians 3:23}

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Take on the unseen Partner: Live as the psalmist
who wrote, "I have set the Lord alwaybefore me.
Because He is my right hand, I will not be shaken"
{Psalm 16:8}. Before you get to work, take time to
pray about your job. Pray for the people you'll be
working with and those whom you'll be serving.
Remember, God is the "unseen Partner" in all of
life. Think about the meaning of these words from
the 13th-century spiritual writer Meister Eckhart:
"The kins of work we do does not make us holy, but
we may make it holy....As we have the divine being
within, we bless each task we do, be it eating or
sleeping or watching, or any other task.

View you work as a unique learning opportunity:
Never think of your job as simply a paycheck. People
who enjoy their work and become successful understand
that their work, no matter what it is, provides a unique
opportunity to learn new skills.

Adopt the attitude of gratitude: Apply Paul's advice
to your wotk: "Be joyful always; pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances" {1 Thess. 5:16-18}.
Gratitude seasons and flavors all of life. A thankful
heart brightens even the most mundane duties. Remind
yourself how your job helps you. Be grateful for the
fact that your work provides money to clothe, feed,
house and educate your family.

Be aware of ways your job blesses others:
Sometimes people become unhappy and burned
out with their work because they lose sight of the
fact their work is helpful. Carefully look to see what
value your work has besides providing money. Ask
yourself questions, such as: How does my work help
others? Who benefits by what I do? What value accrues
to others from my work? Raising such questions is an
effective way of adding meaning to your daily task.

Enlarge your experience: Don't limit your life to your
work and don't expect your job to provide you with all
the enjoyment you want in your life.more time with
people you love. Volunteer to coach a Little League TeamVolunteer your time and services feeding the homeless.
Join your church choir. Offer to teach a Sunday School class.
By enlarging your experience, you'll be enlarging your
chances of living more meaningfully.

Reject perfectionism: The desire to do things
perfectly is an emotional setup for frustration
and failure. Illogical self-expectations can ruin
your job and your life because no one can be perfect.
Study your attitude to determine if unrealistic
expectations may be undermining your efforts at work.
Remind yourself no one can be perfect nor does anyone
have to be perfect in order to succeed at work and enjoy life.

Whatever you do do it with class: You can dignify
any job by doing it with class. Use some of your own
imagination...by doing so...you'll be able to turn the
routines of work into celebrations of love...and you'll
make your job a pleasure, not drudgery, a blessing, not
a curse.

May the Lord richly bless you!

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