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AYRI- Adding Life to Year 29 (WORK)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

I chose the word Work for March as it was a theme that resonated with me following GLS 2018 at the beginning of the month. Several of the speakers spoke about engaging in work that you love and enjoying your work and that encouraged me to delve deeper into this topic of work. This Steve Jobs’ quote on work is one of my favourites:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” Steve Jobs

work desk with laptop, phone, notepad, cup of tea and the word dream

Quite often it’s easy to think of work as simply what we do to earn money which more relates to a job. However, we don’t expand our thoughts of work to consider how it fits into our life’s purpose. I was recently on Dr. Caroline Leaf’s website, a cognitive neuro-scientist who is well-known for helping people better understand the mind and the links to God and science so they can improve their lives. Reading through her FAQ, one of the questions was regarding her life’s work and she shared four items which she has proven over her years of research and practice.

This concept of life’s work really intrigued me as there is a clear purpose evident and it seems to build on the first concept of doing work that you love.

Also, in looking through the Bible, I came across on the popular verse above from Colossians. These 3 pieces fit together in a new way for me and have certainly given me more food for thought and action. In discovering work I love (what God created me to do), and working at it to the best of my ability as a way to glorify God, I put the blocks in place for what will become my life’s work in time.

Here are my 3 actions based on my ponderings above:

Adding Work to Year 29- Practically

  • List work that I truly love- It’s easy to do some things because I’m good at them but do I really love doing them?
  • Explore the concept of life work- What do I want to be remembered for professionally?
  • Work with all my heart- It’s easy to focus on the human side and forget that God is the one I’m ultimately working for.

How can you be more intentional about your work during this year?

 

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