I recently started a job in retail about a month and some ago. I'd done other various things before, but since I had a love for clothing and helping others to feel beautiful, this seemed like a good fit. My job has me organizing things in the store, putting together outfits for women and being a smiling face that greets them and helps to make their experience a fun one.
It got me thinking about work we (may or may not) enjoy, and I was curious as to what God says about work.
Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people."
I had to ask myself, how many times have I had a task at hand, regardless of whether or not there's a paycheck involved, where I've totally given it my all..even when it wasn't enjoyable? Kind of a tough question. Human nature wants us to just complain and whine about why it's not fun or fair that we have to do it, but God says that we should do all of our work as though we are working for him..if God asked me to do something, I know I would totally put my full effort into it. Do you do that each time your boss gives you an assignment?
Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed."
Have you ever been set on doing something only to find out that it was really not what God had intended for you? Unfortunately, I've experienced this before, and let me tell you, it wasn't successful. Ashley recently wrote about finding God's will for your life, and there's some great advice there to help you discover some of the plans that God has for you. It all begins with submission. The first part of that verse says to Commit. That means give it all up to Him; lose control. It's so easy to hold on to things so we feel like we have everything under control, but really it's about wholehearted surrender. When it's all given to Him, God has the ability to work freely, unhindered by our faults; consequently, this is when the most beautiful and successful things happen. Isn't that what we are all striving for?
My encouragement to you ladies is to be faithful in your job, whether or not you like your boss, co-workers or assignments. Work as though you are doing it for God, for indeed, you are! And realize that in total surrender, you will find true happiness and success.
Candice is the stylish gal behind Teatime Thoughts. She's a lady who believes in fairy tales, loves making girls look & feel beautiful, & will give you product reviews on her Vlogs (Teatime Thursday). You can catch her on twitter too.
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