I love my job! How often do you hear that? I rarely hear it. Usually when you hear about someone’s workplace there is an underlying tone of drudgery, hardship, and I can’t wait until its Friday attitude. And I cannot tell a lie. I have experienced this negative sentiment in prior years. There are many reasons why I, like so many others, have felt this way. Burnout, glass ceilings, position lacking passion, and an inadequate understanding of work are all reasons why people hate their jobs. (If it is difficult for you to see the divine nature of your work, you should read Chris Horst’s, blog “I’m Living the Dream”. It will bless you and give you a greater understanding about the blessing of all work.)
But, back to why I love my job. There are so many reasons, but one in particular that keeps me going each day. You may guess it is because of Jobs for Life’s mission and impact. We engage and equip hundreds of churches to address the devastating impacts of joblessness through the dignity of work. As a result, over 4,000 men and women were served this year. That’s a blessing and I’m grateful for how God has worked. But when you work in the background like I do it gets difficult to keep this reality in the forefront. What keeps me going and is one of the best parts of my job is working with my colleagues – Four guys, four ladies, two red heads and a chief encouragement officer. They are committed, hardworking and talented beyond measure. They all have gifts that I get to receive each day. One has the gift of giving grace. One has the gift to gather and inspire. Another the gift of unwavering faith. And another the gift of connecting and building meaningful relationships.