I often say that Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I love coming to church and serving, worshipping Jesus, thanking God, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s an amazing environment to love and be loved. But occasionally, after service lets out I would go home and get that “Monday morning is coming-Hang In There” feeling.
During the week, we can get overwhelmed with to-do lists and start living for the weekend without living in the moment. It’s easy to let opportunities to serve, worship, be thankful, and walk with the spirit pass us by when we’re just trying to get through the work week.
But, what if we started to be intentional in our work and look for those opportunities to love God and love others in our jobs? When this idea came to me I began a journey to answer the question, “Do I need to be a missionary to have a mission field or can God use me right where I am?”
If you’re like the average American, you will spend 50% of your waking hours at work. It’s said that the largest mission field and (at the same time the largest Church in the world) is business. If your employees, customers, clients, partners, or associates have not encountered the Word of God at home, they can encounter it in the marketplace.
We can be the hands of Jesus right where we are.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find God’s purpose for your life in your work? Let’s imagine for a moment that God’s plan for us is to serve right where we are with the people we come across everyday in our careers, jobs, and businesses.
So why does finding purpose in our work matter? Because I believe as a Christian, that God has a bigger plan for my life than to just make money. That is not the purpose of my life. My purpose is to love Him and love others with all aspects of my life including my career. It’s what I’m meant to do on my time on earth and if I’m spending the majority of my day at work, I need to make sure that I have those two things aligned.
For Valentine’s Day my husband Will bought me a gift certificate to get a pedicure at a spa. This was such a treat since I usually do my own manicures and pedicures. That week, my appointment was scheduled and I arrived at the spa ready for my pampering. Little did I know, that this would be unlike any pedicure experience I have ever had.
My nail technician was named Sonny. She and I connected almost instantly and we quickly figured out that we were both followers of Jesus and that the recognition we had in each other was Him. We bonded over Jesus stories, but one thing that she mentioned has changed me.
Sonny shared how she had once been a high-powered successful financial advisor but left that career behind for her new career so she could slow down and enjoy her life. But, she shared with me that she made it her work’s purpose to ensure that each person that sat in that chair knew that God loved them. As she washes their feet just like Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, she encouraged them and shared God’s love.
When I left the spa that day, I was changed by how Sonny uses her job as a nail technician to fulfill God’s purpose for Her life: To love Him and love others. To be a humble servant of God.
We all have people we come in contact with in our work. Some have platforms and reach lots of people. Some serve one customer, client, or patient at a time.
You may think that your job not as important as it actually is. You may feel like you’re living for the weekend and counting down the days to get out of the office, out from behind that counter, or escape that cubicle.
But, the thought that I would like to leave with you is “How can you begin to see your work as your mission field? How can you use your platform, your resources, your time, or simply your prayers right in the normal, everyday moments of working for a living to change someone’s day or even their life?
God has a purpose for every aspect of our lives, including your work and that purpose is to love Him and love others.
What are some actions you can take tomorrow morning when you get to work to make a difference in someone’s life and to build God’s purpose into your daily life even at your job?
Look for the opportunities to love and encourage.
If you are interested in meeting with other Christian professionals and further discussing how to incorporate God into your day-to-day life, please join us for the Purpose Filled Business event on July 26.
Purpose Filled Business
Networking • Discussion • Prayer
Wednesday July 26 6:00pm- 8:00pm
All proceeds benefit Beaches Vineyard Missions.
Register today at www.PurposeFilledBusiness.com
- Jenn Richter
Jen is a coach to women in business, keynote speaker, and Co-Founder of Rock My Image, a top rated marketing agency. She has co-authored two books: Amplify Your Business and the Rockstar Professional’s 90 Day Action Planner. She is a Contributing Writer to the HuffPost with featured articles on small business marketing. Her podcast Purpose Filled Business is available on iTunes. Jen is on a personal mission to encourage women in business to reinvent their lives, reenergize their businesses & reconnect to their purpose. Connect with Jen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jen.devore.richter