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Turning A Career Into A Calling

During our household last night, we talked about one of the major aspects in the life of a single person: career. Our household heads (Tito Thonie and Tita Rhoda) know us very well that they are aware of our current struggles (and victories, for some) at work. 

When I got the printed copy of the topic, I just smiled and told God, "perfect timing, Lord!" :) 

Indeed, I am where I am now because the Lord said so. If it wasn't for that "calling", I would have already left years ago. I know I won't be here forever (because the Lord said so, too) but while I'm still here, I strive to live out the mission and vision statement that we recite everyday, because God deserves my best. It's hard, and it gets frustrating at times, but as long as I remember that it is all about the Lord and that He is my Ultimate Boss, then everything becomes so worth it. ♥ I just tell myself everyday, "Kapit lang, Aiza. Konti na lang. :)"

Here's a copy of our household topic, in case you're also discerning. :) 
Why do we go to work each day? Most of us get out of bed and head to the office for a number of good reasons: to provide for our families, to use our God-given abilities, and to enjoy interaction, creativity, and success. But when we face the inevitable difficulties of an unreasonable boss, a downturn in the economy, a heavy-workload, or genuine failure, where can we find our motivation? 
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul gives instructions to husbands, wives, fathers, and children. Then he turns his attention to another segment of society: slaves (see Colossians 3:18-22). If any group has cause to complain and be discouraged, it's slaves. They are asked to do the most but are given the least praise. Paul doesn't tell them just to work harder. He goes far beyond that, encouraging them to do their tedious, menial work "heartily," with real enthusiasm as they remember that they are working first for God Himself, not their human masters. But Paul also assures them that God will eventually reward their honest work. They may not see these rewards "today," but like an overperforming 401(k), the results will be thrilling!
We can get out of bed each day with the assurance that we are working for the Lord and that our good attitude and hard work will be richly rewarded - if not by our employers now, they will be someday by the God of the universe. That perspective changes our motivation and attitude at work! 
Reflection Questions: 
1. What difference would it make for you to realize that you are working primarily for Christ, not for your boss or for your company? 
2. What needs to happen in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions to reflect this perspective?

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