I’m unsure of who first coined the phrase, but these words are what I’ve been living by for the last several weeks. Work has been busy lately… really busy. For a while, I thought I was holding things together pretty well – but it didn’t take long for me to realize there was only so much I could control myself.
Thankfully, with the help of the prayer warriors in my life, some great professional development reads, and of course, God’s ever-so-loving reminders in the Word, I was able to re-think the way I viewed work. What I found was that much of my professional success came from how I approached each work day. I broke this approach down into four key strategies:
Start the day with prayer.
Walk in with purpose.
Crop your to-do list.
Don’t forget the big picture.
Let’s quickly dig into each!
Start The Day With P r a y e r :
You may not feel like you have the time for it, but you do. Even a quick prayer in the morning can make a huge difference in your day! Unsure of what to pray about? Start off with something simple – your focus, your conversations that day, your goals to be met, your boss. The simplest whisper of your heart can easily turn into a momentous and beautiful conversation with the One who adores you. You just have to start somewhere!
Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. | Philippians 4:6
Walk In With P u r p o s e :
First, let’s pretend that the “secret code” to enter your workspace each day was to answer the question, “What is your purpose in being at work today?” Define that purpose in your mind before you even enter. By the end of your shift, what do you hope to have accomplished? Once you’ve defined that goal, think about how you will get it done. Keep in mind: Your purpose at work should be aligned with God’s purpose for you. How will you honor God in your workplace today?
You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. | Isaiah 26:3
C r o p Your To-Do List:
Chances are, most days you’re staring down a to-do list that
It doesn’t have to be this way! I challenge you to cut your to-do list in half. And then in half again, again and again. What I hope you’ll find is that it might not be necessary to have so much on your plate for the day. We tend to put so much on our plates, only to feel let down when it can’t be accomplished.
When Jesus walked this earth, He didn’t have a to-do list that was a mile long. Jesus came to save us.
One mission, one goal.
By the end of His life on earth, His focus was on the goal that mattered, and because of it, He did so much for the people He came to save.
You don’t have to do everything.
Just do a few things each day that matter.
In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. | Colossians 3:23
Don’t Forget T h e B i g P i c t u r e :
Whether you’ve been there 10 years or 10 months, your job will not last forever. God has placed you at your job for one reason: to live for Him there. That’s the big picture. So, each of us must ask ourselves: Is that what I’ve been doing?
Can you imagine if we became a people who didn’t see work as “work,” but instead as a continual act of worship to God? If we spent less time complaining about what we hate about our jobs and more time gushing about all the things we loved about it? Sounds…. weird. Right? It’s so unlike how many of us feel. But the fact is,
your job is temporary.
But God’s Kingdom lasts forever,
and what we do here, matters up there.
How are you adding value to your job?
So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted. | 1 Corinthians 15:58
We don’t have to put so much pressure on ourselves with work. Instead, we can choose to see our work as an opportunity to bless others and glorify God. Ultimately, that’s what we are here for, and we can miss out on so many amazing moments if our focus is on the wrong things.
The title I used for this post is one of my favorite sayings, but I do think that it’s missing a few important words: