Larry and Darlene ShortMy 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 and vacations!

Photo 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!