Jan 30, 2015

Fresh Start // Work Habits

Now is a perfect time for a fresh start in your work habits.  The end of the year gets everyone out of routine with all the holiday functions and activities, so it's a good time to make new routines, or reset old ones.  Getting a fresh start means you can look back, analyze what did or did not work before, and make needed changes.  But sometimes I think the biggest area in which we need a fresh start for work habits, is our attitude.

Maybe you do what you love, or maybe you tolerate what you do.  Maybe you are fresh out of school or well into your career, maybe even at it's prime.  Maybe you work from home, whether your job is running your own business or just running your house.  Maybe you make dreams and plans of what you'll do one day and you're just waiting to see it happen.

I don't know where you stand, but I do know this...you matter, today matters, and everything you do, matters.  Sometimes we dismiss things as not being good enough to matter, and I think we're missing the point.  Life is made up of tiny little puzzle pieces and God is the only one seeing the big picture, so we really have no idea how to judge what's important or what's not.  The things you do affect other people, all the time.  Maybe it's by serving them coffee with a smile, making sure all the houses have electricity, or even just filling a role that helps us to function as a society.  It matters.

But this is easy to forget.  I get caught up in the mundane routine of the everyday and it starts to feel insignificant.  Embarrassingly, I can admit getting frustrated when I feel like my husband doesn't show enough gratification for the laundry or dishes getting done.  I can easily get frustrated with the work I do at home, the work I do at my job, and the work I do trying to achieve dreams that feel so far out of my reach.  It's discouraging.  But that's because I forget that it all matters to God, every little piece is significant and if I approach it with the right heart, I won't need gratification from my husband, satisfaction from my job, or reassurance of my dreams to come.  I must "Do every thing with love," as it says in 1 Corinthians 16:14.  If I am working so as to give love to others and to God, I'm not seeking any kind of personal fulfillment in return, and that is far less frustrating.  Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..." is a verse you've probably heard before.  And it is so true, and it is so hard.  It's easy to forget that everything we do is work for Christ when it feels like we're just working for our employer or other people.  I love the Message translation of Colossians 3:22-25:

"Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work."

Ouch, that hits home.  Remember that my work is for Christ can be difficult.  That's why I need an fresh start with my attitude.  It gives an entirely different perspective to do work for Christ than for man.  Christ is perfect.  He sees all, knows all, and still loves us anyway.

No matter what your job is right now, you can serve the Lord right where you are.  And you can approach it with love, rather than aggravation.  And you can rest assured that it matters.

// Read: "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life." Philippians 2:14-16a

// Listen: Do Everything by Steven Curtis Chapman

// Pray: Thank you Lord, for the work you have entrusted to me in every area of my life.  Thank you for using me to love on and serve others.  I pray that everything I do, no matter how insignificant it seems to me, would bring glory to your name.  I pray for a heart that does everything in love without grumbling or complaining, and without expecting anything in return.  Lord please give me a fresh start with my attitude in my work habits and help me to see change this year.

This post is part of the Fresh Start series:  INTRO  //  rest   //   quiet time    //   contentment + gratitude   //   goal-setting   //   home   //   wardrobe   //   hair, skin, nails   //   work habits   //   friendship + fellowship    //   marriage   //   wellness

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