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The Gift of Work

How I've learned to see my day job as more than just a way to pay the bills.
The Gift of Work
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I have a confession: I love my job.

When I tell people this, the reaction is shock. At the risk of stating the obvious, most people do not love their jobs. This is true even for Christians, who are implored numerous times in Scripture to take joy in all things, even in suffering! We don't like our jobs. We don't like them just as much as non-Christians don't like them.

Until a couple years ago I didn't like my job either. Frankly, I had a terrible attitude about my real job. What could maintaining databases and running marketing campaigns have to do with anything that was truly meaningful? And notice I said "my real job." Like many others I saw my job as the way I earned money as I practiced my vocation in my off hours by blogging, speaking at church, and working on my book.

There was the way I provided for my family, but that was different from my desire to do something meaningful. Those things rarely overlapped. I hoped that the meaningful work would eventually ...

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