I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:33-35
Why you should love what you do
Paul was a tentmaker and he used his job to illustrate why you should work hard, which is for the sake of supporting the weak. Helping the helpless and less fortunate, as outlined in James 1:27:
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
I love the last part: refusing to let the world corrupt you. Now 1 Corinthians 15:33 which says “…for bad company corrupts good character,” highlights that beautifully. Basically we are to be different from the world by helping those in need and doing so with passion. I believe that was the heart of Paul. He pointed out that we have our jobs for the soul purpose of giving. Now I don’t believe he limited himself to only those in extreme cases, but I think he also meant those we are with everyday, or at least, it is equally as applicable. If someone needs a lift, we give them one. Assistance needed with lifting things, we give them that too.
Understand that businesses, enterprises, companies and organizations all exist to give to the public! That is why the jobs are there. We are to give in any way we can. Earlier I mentioned that we are to give with passion because “…God loves a cheerful giver, ” 2 Corinthians 9:6. That is basically the picture here and it is an example of loving what you do. Paul loved what he did so much that he received fulfillment from giving cheerfully. He was then in a position to teach others to lead, not by his example, but rather by the example he was following: Jesus. That is why he quoted His words in the last part of the verse, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
The positive differences
It is very possible for someone not to do what they love but still love what they do. They can also spend more time not doing what they love than actually doing what they love. The thought of being able to do what they love later on gives them the drive to love what they do with excellence, treating it as if it were what they actually loved doing! Sadly, it is also possible to love what you do without necessarily being in a position to do what you love neither later nor at all. If you were at an accounting firm and you loved what you did, though what you really loved doing is playing pool-and hardly ever got the chance and neither do you treat as a hobby-at least loving the firm, in a way, makes up for it. That is my point behind the emphasis of loving what you do.
When I say, “do what you love” I’m not talking about the superficial stages like, you love baseball. I mean the deep passionate type of love. Think of it as a dream. In fact, in essence, that is what I mean. You have a dream for doing a particular thing except you are not doing that thing right now. What I am saying is love the thing you are doing now even though it is not your dream. The reason I am saying this is because I think about how so many people have jobs only because they needed them, then hating them, but tolerating it because they have to. The truth is, they don’t have to. They can actually change their environment by changing their attitude. That is a point I made in an earlier post: 8 reasons to have a positive attitude. One of the reasons I say this is because I believe you can get closer to achieving your dream by loving what you do, where you are right now.
When you think about it, it does not make sense to hate, for example, a desk job and love travelling but spend a great deal of your life at the desk job! If you cannot do anything about it, and you really have no choice but to be there, what good would hating it do you? How would coming home complaining about everything and everyone benefit you? One could actually argue that as long as you are not blooming where you are planted, chances are you are not going to flourish in your field! Would it be because you are not skilled or qualified? No, but rather because of your attitude. You would literally be embracing the same attitude in your domain as you did outside it. It does take 21 days to form a habit and just as much to break one. It is the “undoing” part of the habit that is the hardest. Changing a routine. Bringing new ideas. All that will need to change in order to suit your new lifestyle. The one thing that will always remain consistent is your attitude. You can change it and it will stay that way until you change it again. You will either most of the time, if not always, be negative or positive. Truth is you owe it to yourself to experience the best of every single day. Why not think the best of yourself, everything and everyone; make the most of all that you do, and be an inspiration both to yourself and those around you! That is what matters at the end of the day.
Of course the best is loving what you do as you do what you love. If you are not in that position, you will need to love what you do in order to get to that position. Not necessarily through loving what you do so much that it becomes what you love doing, that is, a new dream, but rather doing so to make sure you enjoy everyday life. Through doing that you will realize it opens doors to eventually getting you closer to the very thing that you REALLY love doing. Remember the other purpose, though, helping someone out. The last thing to remember is your true Superior, Contractor, CEO:
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24