In the workplace, when work begins, it's all about work.
For about a year or so, I struggled with being mindful of God while at work. Not so much living out the Scriptures, but reminding myself that He is with me and wants to be central to my day- no matter how exciting or mundane.
I recently completed reading John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it. It is relevant for any stage of life.
Chapter 8 is rightfully titled "Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5." In this chapter, Piper writes about glorifying God in the workplace.
Here are a few pointers I found helpful in being mindful of God in the workday. I hope they help you focus on Him at work as much as they have helped me.
- Our aim is to joyfully magnify Christ- to make Him look great by all we do. Boasting only in the cross, our aim is to enjoy making much of Him by the way we work.
- One way to enjoy God's presence and fellowship is through thankful awareness that your ability to do any work at all, including this work, is owing to His grace. "He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything" (Acts 17:25). All your faculties of sight and hearing and touch, all your motor skills with hands and legs, all your mental acts of observing and organizing and assessing, all your skills that make you good at this particular job- all these things are God's gifts.
- Nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27 and Luke 1:37). He tells you not to be anxious, but to ask Him for whatever you need (Philippians 4:6), and says "Cast all your anxieties on me, for I care for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
- God has not created us to be idle. Therefore, those who abandon creative productivity lose the joy of God-dependent, world-shaping, God-reflecting purposeful work. "Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep" (Ecclesiastes 5:12).
Work Diligently. Stay Humble. Give God Glory. Wake Up and Do It Again.