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JULY 29, 2010

Your Job Should Express Your Heart by Rick Warren

Posted by Dorothy under Philosophy1 comment

This post is specially dedicated to those adventurous and daring souls who have denied the norms of professional blue collar jobs to venture out in pursuit of their dream jobs!! As for those who are still contemplating ( year after year ) on leaving their office jobs, this post might give you the courage to make your move. The rest of you who do not know what your dreams are, good luck and may you stumble upon it one day:) Trust me as you will stop complaining about Mondays and get excited on Fridays. Your job will no longer be a chore but a hobby in which you make a living from.Read on and be inspired.

From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you, he’ll take charge of sending the rain at the right time

…. Deuteronomy 11:13-14 MSG)

“Don’t waste your life in a job that doesn’t express your heart”. Repeatedly, the Bible says to “serve the Lord with all your heart”. God wants you to serve him passionately, not dutifully. People rarely excel at tasks they don’t enjoy doing or feel passionate about. God wants you to use your natural interests to serve him and others.
How do you know when you’re serving God from your heart?

The first telltale sign is enthusiasm. When you’re doing what you love to do, no one has to motivate you, or challenge you, or check up on you. You do it for the sheer enjoyment. You don’t need rewards, or applause, or to be paid, because you love serving in this way.

The opposite is also true: When you don’t have a heart for what you’re doing, you’re easily discouraged.

One characteristic of serving God from your heart is effectiveness: Whenever you do what God wired you to love to do, you get good at it.

Passion drives perfection. If you don’t care about a task, it is unlikely that you’ll excel at it. On the other hand, the highest achievers in any field are those who do it because of passion, not duty or profit. We’ve all heard people say, “I took a job I hate in order to make a lot of money, so someday I can quit and do what I love to do”. That’s a big mistake. Don’t waste your life in a job that doesn’t express your heart.

Remember, the greatest things in life are not things. Meaning is far more important than money. The richest man in the world once said,
“A simple life in the fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches”(Proverbs 15:16 MSG).

Don’t settle for achieving “the good life,” because the good life is not good enough. Ultimately, it doesn’t satisfy. You can have a lot to live on, and still have nothing to live for. Aim instead for “the better life” – serving God in a way that expresses your heart. Figure out what you love to do – that which God gave you a heart for – and then do it for his glory!

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Comments (1)

  1. Pete

    Thanks for the great post. Good advice! Work day to day can be extremely difficult. Is the answer to enjoy what you do or do what you enjoy? It’s tough. Thanks for you insight though
    Thanks for the post! I’d love to see more like it.

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