Kenneth Reid: How to Find Your Calling Without Leaving Your Day Job

If you won the lottery, would you quit your job?

Your answer to this question depends on how you see your job. If you see yours as just a way to survive, then your answer will be something like, “Of course I would quit my job. Why work if I don’t have to?”

But if you see your job as a calling, then money is not the reason you clock in every day. Purpose is.

The problem is, most of us are taught that a few lucky people love their jobs because it’s what they were born to do. But the rest of us tolerate our jobs because we have to provide for our families.

But what if you could turn your current job, no matter what it is, into your calling?

In her book Grit, Angela Duckworth describes the hypothetical responses of three bricklayers who are asked, “What are you doing?”

“The first says, ‘I am laying bricks.’ The second says, ‘I am building a church.’ And the third says, ‘I am building the house of God.’ The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.”

It’s not what you do that matters. What matters is your perspective.

Now, that may sound nice, but your daily task list isn’t always that easy to connect to a deeper purpose. So here are four ways to find your calling within your 8-5.

1. Do everything for God’s glory

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whatever you do, do it for God’s glory.”

This is easier said than done, though. For many of us, a sense of “calling” is the last thing we feel when we clock in on Monday morning. But the truth is, even seemingly small tasks can glorify God if you do them with the right heart.

Pastor Tim Keller says it this way in his book, Every Good Endeavor:

“In Genesis, we see God as a gardener, and in the New Testament, we see him as a carpenter. No task is too small a vessel to hold the immense dignity of work given by God.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kenneth Reid