Last week I talked about how I’m often embarrassed about what I do, and how I’m realizing more and more that I combine work and identity in all kinds of unhealthy ways. With that said, I’ve been trying to lean on scripture to remind me that there is more to life than 40 hours per week between nine and five.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” –Romans 12:6-8
One of the most frustrating things about my work is that I feel like I’m capable of doing so much more, and that there are better uses of my time than spending hours at a time peeling stickers off the backs of beat up paperbacks. Of course, my study of scripture reminds me that I have my own spiritual gifts and – get this – I can use them in aspects of my life outside of work!
As a writer and teacher, I am able to use those skills for the glory of God: I help to lead a small group, I help write discussion questions for small group studies, I help to co-lead a hospitality team. We all have our own gifts, and it’s crucial to remember that we can use them for things outside of work.
“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” –Galatians 6:9
I know that the Lord has blessed me in countless ways beyond my comprehension. I know that he has a plan for me that is greater than one I could even imagine for myself. On the days that I struggle with my job, it’s a comfort to pray to a loving God for patience, to share my struggles with a small group that helps me to put things in a biblical perspective. For I know that there are better things ahead.
I am going to keep applying for jobs that actually use my degree and abilities in a meaningful way, but I am going to try and stop apologizing for the job I have now. God has already blessed me in so many ways—has given his one and only son for all of us – that I’ll gladly follow whatever plans he has for me.
– David LaGault