When I think about my life before going into ministry and remember the job that I loved the most verses the one I hated, it’s interesting that pay and prestige had absolutely nothing to do with my level of satisfaction!
When I was a 17 year-old young young man, I was employed as a handyman on my Dad’s ranch. I worked for a guy named Tim and he would coach me and teach me how to do things like build staircases and make master keys (because he was a locksmith). Even though I was only getting paid minimum wage and had to be up every day at the crack of dawn, the work that I did there was totally fulfilling and exciting to me. I contrast that with the job I had when I was going to college in Oklahoma — I worked at a Barnes and Noble and it was way less than satisfying! I would make coffee drinks and customers would complain that they didn’t taste good, and then I would do things like sing Frank Sinatra to myself while I was mopping the floor, only to have my manager reprimand me. Believe me, in those days, I really didn’t like going to work; however, it was during that season that I first heard a sermon about my work being worship. Since it was so inspirational to me, I decided that I was going to enjoy my job, even when my boss was being mean to me, or when there was nobody around, or when I had nothing to do! Because of that experience, I am a walking testimony and can assure you that doing your work as unto the Lord is the best possible way, especially if you dislike your job!
Friend, no matter what emotions you feel as you prepare to go to work today, I plead with you to just do it for the Lord. Even if you are faced with tasks that are daunting or less than enjoyable, purpose in your heart to make them acts of worship and watch as doors fly open for you, blessing gets poured out from Heaven to you, and even greater opportunity comes your way. As you do everything with joy, lightheartedness, and a sense of peace, I am confident that people will want to be around you and that the goodness of God will chase you down and surround you! Isn’t that wonderful news?