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Seeing Our Work (No Matter What) As a God-honoring Calling

By Jill Hart

It's pretty much as simple as that - and has been since time began. Way back in the time when the book of Ecclesiastes was written (many scholars believe it was written in the 3rdcentury B.C.), the author's main frustration was that he wanted his work to be meaningful.

So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 3:17-18, 22-23

Pretty uplifting stuff, huh?

Since the beginning of time we humans have desired to make a difference in the world. For our work here to COUNT for something. And, whether we know or not, for our work to glorify God. Only then can our work have meaning.

But, what if our work isn't centered around sharing the gospel. What if we don't work in a church? Can our work still be a God-honoring calling?

The answer is a resounding yes!

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"There is good news for you and your work. Though your work may be difficult and demanding (motherhood, anyone?), you can approach your work with a sense of hope and excitement that God can and will do remarkable things in and through the work he has called you to do." (Work Matters, pg 47)

Jesus redeemed us and he can also redeem our work when we turn our eyes to Him.

I struggled over the last few years with feeling like my work wasn't valuable, or at least not as valuable as what others do. In my mind those who do life to the extreme - missionaries who devote their lives to Christ and travel halfway around the world to share the gospel; business people who make millions of dollars and then found schools or donate money to solving the water crisis in Africa - those are the people who make a difference. Those are the people who must count to God, right?

Thankfully (as many of you are shouting to me through your computer screen), thankfully, that's NOT right.

We ALL matter to God. We ALL count. No matter if we're changing dirty diapers or writing blog posts or holding home parties for Mary Kay. We. All. Matter.

I love this paraphrase of Isaiah 43:4:

"You are precious and I love you."

I keep that verse as the background in my phone. I catch sight of it at the weirdest times and it just makes me smile.

We are precious to God. Our work matters to Him and no matter what we are doing, we can be doing it in such a way that it honors Him.

© Jill Hart
Jill Hart's entrepreneurial career began in her teens when she spent a summer working with her father who ran his own business. When he put her in charge of a Coke machine and allowed her to keep the profits, she saw the benefits of being her own boss. She is the founder of the popular Christian work-at-home website and mentors business owners at Jill is also the co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom (Beacon Hill Press, 2009).


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