None of you. Because right now, you’re reading this blog, probably on company time.
Aside from that, most of us, according to the stats, are not working our dream jobs. We had to settle for something less, something that pays the bills.
Our jobs wear us out, frustrate us, but probably worst: they don’t feel that important.
You can deal with frustration if you feel like your job is important. But no one can stand feeling like they are wasting their time or talents, or that their job has little meaning…or they are missing God’s plan for their life.
That’s what it’s all about, right? God must have had something bigger, better, more spectacular planned for me than just this, right?
…Maybe not. Maybe there’s a good reason God doesn’t have a better plan for your life.
God Wants Us All to Be Superstars?
Bloggers are an ambitious group of people. I’m pretty sure nearly all of us fantasize about landing a huge book deal and becoming super famous and then quitting our day jobs and just blogging for a living.
But we aren’t the only ones. Everyone’s hoping for a ticket to the big time. We live in a world dominated by superstars, even in the church, and the rest of us are hoping just a little bit of Jesus fairy dust gets sprinkled on us.
It’s really easy to tell people that God has a crap-in-your-pants-amazing plan for your life, when you’ve hit it big and you are the center of a media empire. The fact is, most of us don’t get that much fairy dust sprinkled on us, and the people making the sermons and speeches know it. The message keeps getting recycled because it sells. It’s like porn for ambitious Christians.
Mind Your Own Business
By contrast, the apostle Paul encouraged people to “live quiet lives and mind your own gat-dang business.” (my paraphrase)
And he encouraged slaves to be content as slaves, and not worry about “wasting their lives.”
What the what?
I mean, how meaningful can being a slave be? How can that really be God’s purpose for someone? How can a slave have an impact for Jesus?
In an alternate universe, Jesus met Peter and like most men, asked him what he does for a living. And when Peter answered, Jesus said, “A fisherman? That’s a dumb job. You should quit that and do something important. Me? I’m the Son of God. You know, I’ve just known since I was a kid that I wanted to be the Savior of the world, so I followed my dreams.”
For all we know, Jesus wanted to be an artist, but just got stuck being a carpenter.
How can quiet living and keeping your nose out of other peoples’ business, and keeping your house in order really be all there is? That’s kind of the exact opposite of telling people about some kind of grand adventure God wants to take you on, that results in you being rich and famous.
Work Sucks for a Reason
If your job sometimes feels like a curse, remember this:
Work was a part of original creation. It was meaningful, creative, and pleasurable. And, best of all, it wasn’t mandatory. Then people screwed it up, and God basically said, “Get a job, deadbeats.” Oh, and work is going to suck now. There’s going to be thorns and obstacles in your way. You’re going to get sweaty.
See, sometimes, looking for “God’s plan” is just our egos talking. We think we’re so special and talented that we deserve a better lot in life. We think that our job has too many thorns, or it’s not fruitful enough.
And sometimes, looking for God’s plan is just legalism. We’re convinced that God needs us to be doing something more with our time. We convince ourselves that God can’t get his job done while we’re stuck in this cubicle or driving that truck or doing any other such unimportant work. And really, isn’t that our egos talking too?
God doesn’t care nearly as much about our jobs as we do. Whether we feel important, or we feel like slaves to jobs we hate, God is not pissed that we’re wasting our lives. He just wants you to do crap-in-your-pants-amazing work, no matter how big or small it is.
And if you do land that dream job someday, there will still be thorns.
Tell me about your job. Do you love it, hate it? Do you feel like a slave or are you the master of all you survey?