“Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”(Colossians 3:23, NLT)
There are a lot of words in this scripture that jump out at me. The last couple of weeks I’ve been focused on the second half of this scripture. But for some reason, I’m not focused on the first part. It’s like I’m doing an anagram with an entire sentence by making a shorter sentence out of the longer sentence. Ok, my random librarian moment is over, but you get what I’m saying.
The first part of this scripture is just as important as the second half. In fact the first part taken alone is a powerful instruction. “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do…” Imagine a world where we all lived our lives this way. We, first of all, all worked! And every time we work we do it with passion and dedication. And, most importantly, we do this hard work cheerfully!!!!
It’s difficult to pair this Paul’s instruction from with the common feeling of the disgruntled employee. How can we really follow this instruction if every day we go to work and stew in the fact that we are upset about how much we get paid or whether we are appreciated? How can we truly do our work cheerfully if we don’t like what we do or the people we work with? I don’t think we can.
I think the trickle-down effect of this instruction is that we should each find work that we can actually do cheerfully. We shouldn’t stay in situations in which we are unable or unwilling to work hard and cheerfully. It’s easy to type but very hard to do. But, I’m certain it’s worth trying.
I’ve tried multiple ways to change my perspective on the different work I do. The most successful approach created the Personal Subliminal Messages (PSM) tutorial which you can find here. Implementing some of these PSMs allowed me to connect to the one or two elements of each type of work I do that will make me happy and encourage me to do them with intent and dedication.
Creating lasting connections to work that I do has always been difficult for me. I think that’s why the difference between inspiration and motivation (LINK) rang so true to me. I realize now that I used to seek out motivating factors to encourage me to work hard (I thought truly cheerful work was only an option in my dreams.). I never realized that by seeking motivation that I was setting myself up for eventual disappointment and what seemed like a continuous inability to work hard and consistently. All along I thought it was me! LOL
I’m looking forward to seeing the hard and cheerful work effects of inspiration in my life. I have a sneaking suspicion that these two things go hand in hand; that once I tap into what inspires me all the work that comes after that will be hard and cheerful. I’m SOOOOO looking forward to this.
Side note: this goal is really shaping up. I’ve realized so many things about myself in just a few weeks, by just changing my approach to the Bible. I can’t wait to see what a few months of marinating on the word will do in my life. J