Thursday, January 27, 2011

Want a job that "actually matters?"

Lately I've run into a lot of friends who are struggling. They are just getting out of college and having to find a job. Not just any job, but a job good enough to support their lifestyles and pay their bills. But they don't want just "any ole job." They want a job that matters.

Many will tell me how they have this desire in their heart to just make a difference and do something that's really impacting people and making a difference for God's kingdom. This is the point in the conversation where many will pause and look at me then say, "Like your job."

I love my job. And yes, I believe with all my heart my job matters. Big time. I admit that and tell them that. But then I tell them this, "But your job does, too."

And for anyone reading this who might be struggling with the same thoughts, the same desires in your heart... I would tell you the same. Your job matters. Your pay check doesn't have to have a church's name on it for your job to matter. You don't have to be saving a life every day for your job to matter. You don't have to be healing diseases or figuring out really hard puzzles for your job to matter.

Whatever you do, it matters. And I believe it matters to God.

I read an article in Relevant Magazine the other day that I thought really explained this topic in a very poignant way. Here's a piece of that article that might encourage you:

Your vocation, which in so many ways is unique to you, can genuinely matter if you keep your eyes on the Kingdom of God as your guiding North Star. Teaching matters when you treat your students as humans whom you love and whom you are helping. Coaching soccer matters when you connect kids to the Kingdom. Growing vegetables becomes Kingdom work when we enjoy God’s green world as a gift from Him. Collecting taxes becomes Kingdom work when you treat each person as someone who is made in the image  of God and as a citizen instead of as a suspect. Jobs become vocations and begin to matter when we connect what we do to God’s Kingdom vision for this world. Sure, there’s scout work involved—like learning English grammar well enough to write clean sentences and reading great writers who can show you how good prose works. Like hours with small children when we are challenged to make some mind-numbing routines into habits of the heart and Kingdom.
It is easy to see missional work in the slums of India as something that matters. Perhaps the desire to do something that matters is why so many of us get involved in missional work like that. But most of us don’t have a vocation like that, and that means most of us do lots of scout work as a matter of routine. We have to believe that the mundane matters to God, and the way to make the mundane matter is to baptize what we do in the Kingdom vision of Jesus.


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