For a few weeks when I was 18, I shrink-wrapped VHS cassette tapes at a publishing warehouse in San Diego county. It wasn’t the worst job I’ve ever had, but it was the only thing I could think of.
“What was the worst job you ever had?” my co-worker asked on Monday, which was Labor Day.
Politically and economically, it feels unfair to even answer that question. There are so many people, and I see some of them on the street corners in the community I live, who would take that job shrink-wrapping VHS cassette tapes. Perspective is nearly everything.
It is too easy to leave work on any given day and knock back a cocktail or two and vent and groan.
Deadlines will confront me.
Tension will occur.
Conflict will arise.
I will wonder if I’m good enough.
So, recently, I decided to go into work everyday enjoying it. Period.
I decided to immerse myself creatively into my work and with all my energy and passion, and truly delight in it.
It’s amazing how fast the work day goes when you enjoy every minute, delighting in the work, fulfilling your obligation to your colleagues, employers, and ultimately to God.
Once you realize He’s the ultimate employer, your focus shifts. It doesn’t mean it’s any easier, it’s just more rewarding.
The day might drag on and on, and we might wonder why we’re “stuck” where we are, but delight in it anyway. Don’t leave because times are tough, don’t leave until it’s time to.
It might be a dirty job, a rough job, or upsetting hours. Delight in it anyway.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you
will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”