In a perfect world we would all love our jobs and look forward to the daily commute to our workplace. The freeways would always be flowing at 70 mph and the breakroom would have a rich aroma of dark roasted Colombian coffee. Our bosses would be understanding and practice positive reinforcement during stressful times, and the people who report to us would be diligent workers who don’t complain about trivial nonsense. I’m smart enough to know that everyone doesn’t work at Utopia Inc., but also realize that we all need to make the best of our current working conditions.
Some of us are in charge of creating the workplace environment by being a thermostat leader, while others are in the role of following their lead. Regardless of our current situation we are all called to something greater. One thing you need to believe is that God has a calling on your life and it may not be directly attached to your profession. Many people in the world put in 40+ hours a week at a job that pays their bills, but they pour their heart and soul into something else that glorifies God in a powerful way. Here are some ways for you to walk in your call.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called“Ephesians 4:1 ESV
Use Your Platform Wisely
I am fortunate to coach baseball for a living, but the game itself is just a vehicle for something else. I use my platform as a coach to speak into the lives of all the people God has put in my path. This includes players, coaches, trainers, umpires and front office personnel at the pro level. When I get to know the players, regardless of the level they play at, amateur or pro, I also have the opportunity to impact their family members which includes their parents. Getting to know people at a personal level is such an important piece because building relationships with them helps build trust. I go out of my way to learn about them as a person and not just remember the name on the back of their jersey.
When a person trusts someone, they tend to open up and be more open to suggestions that can improve their life. When I first started coaching with the San Francisco Giants I didn’t wear a cross around my neck because my chain had recently broke, and I didn’t replace it yet. After a couple of weeks in the batting cage a player pulled me aside one day and asked me why I acted and talked differently from the other coaches. I opened up about my faith in Jesus and from that day on our acquaintance turned into a friendship. That blossomed into trust and I was able to speak more into his life. He saw Jesus inside me instead of recognizing me as a Christian based on an emblem I wore around my neck. Wearing a cross is fine but walking out your faith with words and actions is more important.
“You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”James 2:22 NIV
If any of you are managers, presidents or business owners you will feel me on this topic. Did you notice how much more invested you were in your workplace or business once the profit margin started to affect your income? Some of us get a commission based on our sales numbers. When our employees or co-workers are not as invested in the company and their effort causes us to lose business, it hurts our bottom line. That takes cash out of our pockets and can create friction where you work. It may not always be an issue of money. When you are totally invested in your job and those around you choose to just do the bare minimum to get by you can get really frustrated, and you should.
I believe we are all called to greatness and God has a special plan for every one of us. He created us to fulfill a specific purpose on Earth. If you have not found that purpose, then I suggest you start praying about it. Spend time with God and allow Him to search your heart. I bet the thing that you are most passionate about is where He wants to use you. That passion was placed in your heart by God, and He wants you to pursue it so you can help others. This passion may not turn into your profession, but I bet it will be extremely fulfilling. We just need to prioritize our lives so we can make the time to pursue this passion and do God’s work.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”Ephesians 2:10 ESV
I would also encourage you to read the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This is a great place to help find your passion and purpose. It was life changing for me. Here are some things to ask yourself this week:
- What am I passionate about?
- How will this passion honor God?
- What resources do I need to get started?
- Who can I ask for help or get advice from?
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