We are wired to work. We are most satisfied in our work when we feel our work has purpose and meaning (whether volunteer work, paid professional work, working in the home, working in the church, etc.) and when we are able to use our gifts and abilities to make a difference. So why is it that so many people struggle to find the connection between their work and their purpose? Why is so much of our mental and emotional energy given to wishing for different work or even wishing for no work at all?
I think the #1 reason for loving your work, no matter where that work takes place, whether paid work or unpaid work, is centered on the “why” behind the work. When you have clarity of purpose in your work, you will be most fulfilled and most passionate about the work you do.When you have clarity of purpose in your work, you will be most fulfilled by the work you do. Click To Tweet
The #1 reason I love my job is because I believe my work has significance and purpose and I am able to use my gifts to make a difference. The work I have done over the years has changed many times as I have taken on different roles but the one constant has been the “why” behind the work. There is alignment in my personal life mission and the work I do. This alignment gives me passion, energy, commitment, and great joy in my work. It causes me to lean in when there are problems or challenges and not give up. It isn’t that the work is always easy but that the work matters.
Because the work has purpose for me, I have so many other reasons I love my work.
I love . . .
- The people I work with.
- The churches we serve.
- The focus on the needs of people.
- The challenge to grow.
- Our global vision.
- Our digital innovation.
- Our commitment to kids ministry.
- Our view of the future.
- Our history.
- The opportunity to learn.
- The challenge to innovate.
- Serving on the executive team.
- That our President/CEO leads with courage.
- That we aren’t afraid to change.
- That we are confident in the future.
- Our new employees.
- Our tenured employees.
- The support of women in leadership.
- That we pray at work.
- That we value the Bible.
- The ability to use my gifts.
- The leaders who have invested in me.
- The leaders who have pushed me to grow.
- The joy of watching others grow into leadership roles.
- The discipline of work.
- Contributing financially to our family.
- Working on projects with others.
- Being a part of the creative process to launch a new product.
- The challenge of restoring a brand to achieve market recognition.
- The challenge of turning a lost business into a profitable one.
- Building unity on a team.
- Celebrating with the team when an award is given.
- Celebrating with the team when growth goals are met or exceeded.
- The beauty of seeing the diversity of people’s gifts and abilities used for a unified purpose.
… and so many more reasons!
If you want to love your work, be clear on the “why” of your work. If you love the purpose of your work, you will love so many other things about your work.If you love the purpose of your work, you will love so many other things about your work. Click To Tweet
Are there some things I don’t like? Absolutely. Like the drive in and the drive home that sometimes takes two hours or more. Or getting up at 4:30 every morning! Or dealing with an angry partner or dissatisfied customer or upset employee. Or facing the facts when something isn’t working and making the necessary changes. But I do all these things because the work matters.
“Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:6-8
What do you see as the “why” behind your work? What do you love about your job?