Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are wired by our Creator for work—real work. Work that is hard and where real labor is involved. Like sweat and toil (sounds like a preschool mom!). For some it is mental labor, others relationship labor, and others physical labor. Maybe for your work is all three. Whether you are a doctor, a mother, or you pick up garbage—your work matters.
You see most of life is about perspective.
Rodney and I teach couples to work on perspective in their marriages. Eighty percent of what your spouse does is great (faithful, hardworking, good parent, responsible, and caring) but 20 percent will drive you crazy (doesn’t put their plate in the sink, uses your razor, drops the towel on the floor, and leaves the car on empty). Work on the 20 percent for sure, but don’t lose perspective on the 80 percent that is great in the process.
People are always asking me how I am doing. I like to say I am great. I’m not living in ______________ and name several war torn countries where women are being abused and have no freedom. It is all about perspective. I have always liked what Dave Ramsey says when asked how he is doing. He always answers, “Better than I deserve.”
So this Monday morning, work on looking at the 80 percent that is great about your work. Maybe take a moment and write down what you love most about your work. Here are some things to remember that might help get you energized when the alarm goes off on Monday morning:
1. I have a job that pays me a fair wage plus benefits.
2. I have health insurance.
3. I work in a place where I can learn and grow.
4. I work with amazing people who challenge and inspire me.
5. I don’t have to walk to work. I have good transportation that keeps me cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
6. I get to use my gifts, talents, experience, and abilities to make a difference.
7. I can help someone on my team succeed.
8. I have the freedom to share Christ in the workplace or to model Christ in how I work and in how I treat others.
9. I can pray for those I work with as they share needs. I can pray for those in authority over me. I can pray for God to use me.
How do you keep energized in your work? I would love to hear from you.