advice about work is pretty simple:
We all have to do it ... so you
might as well make the best of it.
Work is part of The Curse ...
but if you're smart you will minimize the Curse part of it and make it a blessing.
To do this you need to do the following:
Find out what you were made to
do, what pushes your buttons, and do it with all your heart. Work as if God
Himself were your employer. (According to the Bible, He is!)
Don't waste too much time doing
things you aren't good at and don't enjoy. Sometimes we all have to do this,
just to avoid starvation. But don't spend your whole life on this. Let somebody
else who enjoys it have that job.
Don't work at anything that exploits
others, just because it pays good money. Feeling good about your work and
the contribution you are making is far more valuable than the higher paycheck.
Be satisfied with whatever you
make. Don't let greedy union rhetoric derail you into discontentment. In fact,
if you can, fire your union.
Remember work is just one part
of life. Happiness comes in finding balance. Most other parts are most important,
yet most people end up pouring most of their energy into their work.
Give back sacrificially from the
firstfruits of whatever is given to you.
Remember the Sabbath principle.
All of life has a rhythm, and so does work. Be sure to enjoy your weekends
above: My work with World Vision took me to Romania in 1997, where I had the
privilege of getting to know a bunch of really great kids in an HIV/AIDS hospice.
God has blessed me to be able to work for an organization that is making a
huge difference in people's lives all around the world. And that's worth more
than any 6-figure paycheck!