How can I find fulfillment in my work?

If we live for the weekends only, we thwart God’s desire to bless us in the task that occupies most of our adult lives—work—whether you are a stay-at-home mom or someone who heads out each morning to an office or a job.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

We all enjoy weekends. Recreation with our families and friends is important for a well-balanced life. But if we live for the weekends only, we thwart God’s desire to bless us in the task that occupies most of our adult lives—work—whether you are a stay-at-home mom or someone who heads out each morning to an office or a job.

Work is not the result of the curse placed on humanity when Adam and Eve sinned. God had instructed them to reap the fruit of the earth before the Fall (Gen. 1:27–30). Work is a gift from God—given for our enjoyment and blessing. That is why the Preacher wrote, “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God” (Eccl. 3:12, 13).

“Wait a minute,” you might be saying. “If you knew who my boss is, you would understand! How can I possibly enjoy my work with such an unpleasant supervisor?”

True enough, some work may not fit our ideal job description—but consider the alternative. Have you ever known anyone to feel happy and satisfied while standing in an unemployment line? If you have a job, thank God for it.

Wherever you find yourself working today—on the factory line, under a sink, at a desk, in a truck, or on the phone—thank the Lord for your work. It may be less than perfect, but that is where God has placed you, at least for now.

We must come to see every detail of our jobs as an opportunity to serve God. The apostle Paul tells us, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). And he reminds us, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:23, 24). Such an attitude can transform the workplace from a mere workstation to a practical pulpit that says more about your relationship with Christ than words ever could.

See work as God’s gift! Give Him thanks for the opportunity and the privilege of working, not just for a living, but for Him. Then you can start anticipating the weekdays as much as the weekend.

Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.

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