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3 Ways to Find Joy in Your Work Today

3 Ways to Find Joy in Your Work Today

Chasing your dreams is great.  If you feel called to quit your job to go do something big, I say go get it.  Go slay those dragons.

But what about today?

What if tomorrow never comes?  (Garth Brooks knows what's up).  We have today and today you do something that we call "work."  It could be school, running a business, or raising alpacas.  (I do hope you raise alpacas).

Consider the words of James:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.  (James 4:13-16 ESV)

Since God gave us today, let's focus on today.  What can you do with this gift of today?

Regardless of your current vocation, you can cultivate joy today.  Here's how:

1.  Find joy in excellence.  Be good at what you do.  Focus on being the absolute best.  The better you are at what you do, the better you will serve those around you and the more joy you will find as you work unto the Lord.

2.  Find joy in being a light to those around you.  When Moses came down from hanging out with God for 40 days, his face shone so brightly it freaked people out.  Jesus says that we should let our light shine before others.  We can find joy in showing the light of Christ's love to those to our left and our right.

3.  Find joy in producing.  Your work produces something - celebrate that.  Humbly thank God for the increase and understand although you worked for it, God gave it to you as a blessing.  If God doesn't bless our work then we labor in vain.  Let God's provision for you (and your family, if you have one) sink into your heart.

It is all too easy to peer over the fence and think joy in work is for other people, but God has something for you this very day.  Your joy is rooted in Him - not your circumstances.  Nothing can separate you from Jesus and thus your joy (not happiness, but joy) is bullet proof.

What would boldly embracing your identity in Christ change in your work today?  If you haven't given your work to Him, give it a shot (and do report back - we'd love to hear it).


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