Do you work, or do you have a purpose? For many, work equals identity. For others, it’s a means to an end, whether it be money to provide for the necessities of life, and still, others see it as a banner uplifting their ego/status, the ultimate success in life. And yet others clamor for the security of knowing there is a place to go every day that won’t take them to a street corner begging for other people’s mercy.
We struggle every day to prosper in jobs that most of us don’t even like. But what if our work had a purpose—a real and lasting outcome? Even if we widen our lens just a little at a time, we can begin to see how putting the lugs into that tire on the conveyor belt will eventually lead to 1) that tire and three others added to a car that would 2) allow a mother to drive her daughter safely to school so that one day 3) she could become a doctor and 4) save a life, yours, her mother’s, or some stranger.
Work as your identity will eventually fail you when you lose that job. Who are you if you’re not a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker? That money will not warm you or comfort you as you sleep alone every night. What good is status if you have no one with which to share your success? And most of all, will that work continue; will you leave a legacy, or will you be forgotten 10 minutes after your body goes cold?
Work with a purpose can change your outlook on life and change the landscape of life. For example, a carpenter once had a singular purpose: to proclaim love to the world by the way he lived his life and by the way he gave his life. He knew his purpose from the very beginning. He only worked three short years, which means he had to put all his passion into his work. Nevertheless, he had an outline for performing his work, and despite all the suffering he endured, he loved his work. That is the crux of the matter – with purpose comes love, with purpose comes a clear-cut path to achievement, and with love comes satisfaction when that purpose is fulfilled. And at the end of your career (if it does indeed end), you can state as the carpenter said, “It is finished.”
If you find your purpose, you will find your work.
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As a writer / proofreader, I have experience in a diverse range of writing and editorial functions. I’ve also taught elementary school and adults and possess some training experience. Recently, I have finally fully embraced my writing talent and moved myself outside my comfort zone in many areas, including creating a website for a friend’s business. This Fall, I hope to publish my first book and introduce a blog of my Christian thoughts in the new millennium