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I Owe, I Owe, It’s Off to Work I Go

I remember seeing that phrase on a license plate once and laughing. But sadly, that’s how many of us live our lives. We work because we have to do so. I think it’s one of the reasons get-rich-quick programs are so successful at recruiting people. We have a dream, for some reason, of being rewarded for being less productive.

I don’t think work was ever intended to be this way though. Work was instituted by God in the garden of Eden even before the fall of Adam and Eve into sin. Because of the fall, work is harder and nature now resists our work, but work is still part of our eternal purpose. I believe work will go on in heaven for eternity. Our work will simply be joy-filled and unhindered there.

So how do you change your attitude and return work to its proper place in our attitudes? Here are seven thoughts based on Colossians 3:22-24…

  • See every day of work as an opportunity to remain in constant fellowship with God. In a matter of silent prayer, take God with you to work.
  • Stop worrying about what others think and realize that you work for an audience of One.
  • Look for opportunities to increase your realm of influence at work, realizing that God wants to use our influence for His eternal purposes.
  • Realize that all that we do can be done with excellence to the glory of God – even making sprockets!
  • Know that your boss isn’t your ultimate boss – you’re working for a King.
  • Trust God to give your ultimate compensation.
  • Hold as precious the opportunity to serve the One who has stooped so low to serve us to the point of giving His life on the cross.

If you struggle to find joy in your work, check your attitude against these seven principles. It may be that God wants you to exercise faith and change jobs. It may just be, however, that God simply wants to change you.

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  1. I often say that humans need to contribute to society as a whole, all of us should work so that our working has impact on future generations and helps build the legacy of the human race. Everyone is in it for themselves and the material goods, what good is amassing a million dollars by the time you are sixty five when you have missed out on enjoying life?

    I work to support my family and to try and make sure my kids have a healthy and easier future. But my day job won't bring me any lasting legacy.
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  2. Great article Brandon. Work has become our lives and I’m so tired of it. I was talking with my supervisor and I asked her what’s next.

    She looked at me saying what do you mean what is next?

    I said I mean after work is done, after you retire. Everything you have done is a waste and you still remain in the same spot you started in. you are older, wiser but nothing has changed.

    I strongly believe it’s the materialistic things in life that make us have the will to work. My new car, my new home, my new clothing etc… it ever ends. In order to have these objects we dedicate our lives to working.

    Somehow in my heart I think were missing the point of life…
    .-= bbrian017´s last blog ..Being Productive When Your Blog Site is Down =-.

    • Brian, I’d have to agree. Someday all the stuff we’ve worked for will be left behind. One old poem puts it well…

      Only one life
      twill soon be past
      and only what’s done
      for Christ shall last.

  3. I really like your blog! Your take on things is refreshing and uplifting. Thanks! P.S. I’m now following you. Look forward to reading more!
    .-= Coffee With Marty´s last blog ..In the Dead of Night. =-.

  4. I couldn’t agree with this article more. The majority of Americans work because they HAVE to, they need the money obviously. That’s why my mother always encouraged me to do something that I would enjoy doing. You spend a good portion of your life at your job, so why do something that makes you miserable? I hope once I have kids I can encourage them to go where their interests are and not where the money is.
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