I share in hopes that it brings you the same peace, comfort and fresh perspectives it brought me. And I also share this as a personal "note to self" so that I can come back and read this as a reminder when I let my human nature get the best of me.
Job stress -- it's something that just about every employee can relate to, no matter what your field of work might be. I wholeheartedly love what I do and find great purpose and meaning in my work, but there is just no such thing as completely stress free work. Stress is part of the human condition, but we can deal with it in healthy ways. That doesn't mean that we always will. Sometimes, unfortunately, we allow it to get the best of us and make the worst of us, but we don't have to. We may not be able to completely avoid moments of frustration or stressful situations, but we can step back in those moments and pause to remember our purpose, refocus our mindset, and redirect ourselves towards a spirit of serving and working with love -- as unto the Lord.
The verse below has been impressed upon my heart continually over the last two weeks. I can be slow on the uptake, but thankfully the Lord is persistent.
“Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.” (Col. 3:23-24).
A new attitude and perspective for work:
Remembering our purpose: God uses the talents of you and me in our everyday jobs to provide, care for and serve humanity through the work that we do. Serve with love.
Refocusing our mindset, hearts and attitudes: When you work, let your work ethic say, “I work for the Lord.” Don’t compare or concern yourself with the work ethic of others. Doing so can be a source of frustration and stress. We are only responsible for the quality of our own work ethic.
Redirecting our need for validation: We all seek and desire validation -- to feel valued, recognized and appreciated -- to feel that we make a difference, but often we get caught up in seeking it from the wrong sources. The only “well done” we need to seek is from the Lord.
Everyday is an opportunity for our work to mean something more, and that greater meaning is about the spirit we bring to the work that we do. Regardless of what you’re doing, always do your service -- all things, as unto the Lord. Take this job and LOVE it!