Job vs Calling!

April 19, 2013

A daily devotion I received this week is one that I wanted to share with you, you can find it below.  But first I wanted to share some thoughts to consider as you read!  When it comes to my experiences, I started out simply looking for a career that I could make good money and spend 40 years preparing to retire and voila, the “American Dream”!  I fell victim to following the dream of others that went before me, that this was what it would mean to live a happy life.  As life continued, I soon learned that there was more to life, that the work we do could actually be more than just something to earn money.  An important lesson is that having purpose in our work leads to abundant life with joy.  I believe this joy comes from the Lord, that regardless of the circumstances(pay, hours, title, etc.) my passion and purpose are the foundation of the work I do!  I believe abundance is that which is a result of God’s blessing, He meets our need and in many cases we have more than we truly need, thus abundance!

In my heart of hearts, I desire for everyone to discover their “calling”; a mixture of passion, giftedness and purpose.  The synergy of these ingredients creates space to live out of a new perspective.  This new perspective carries with it freedom.  Freedom to not just have a job.  Freedom to not be enslaved to our circumstances.  Freedom to define an abundant life based on what God wants for us, rather than what the world wants or what we want.  The world will tell us we never have enough and we believe this lie too!

Have you experienced this freedom of living out your calling?  Are you in a job, that is not really a job rather it is an outpouring of who you are?  Would you do the work even if you didn’t get paid to do so?  I can tell you from my own experiences, there is a lot of freedom knowing that the work I do is that which I truly enjoy and I do not show up simply to earn a pay check.  Many are experiencing this freedom and I hope you can experience this too!  What are you passionate about?  What do you enjoy doing?  How might you use your giftedness to share the joy of life with those you serve in the work you are “called” too?

A Job Versus a Calling

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant? as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt 20:26-28).

My family and I traveled to my home town every few months to visit my mom in an elderly care nursing facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. We often comment that it is easy to distinguish those who see their work as a job versus those who see it as a calling.

There is one woman there we all love. Her name is Carolyn. We knew that if Carolyn was on duty, our mom would be well cared for. Carolyn exemplifies one who is doing her job because she actually loves her work. Carolyn’s job involves caring for difficult patients who often have little appreciation for what she does and often requires cleaning up urine and giving baths to invalid patients. When asked about her view of her job Carolyn’s response was quite remarkable, “I enjoy it.” What an amazing response. We were taken back by her comment.

Carolyn was recognized by her organization as caregiver of the year. She didn’t do her job because she wanted that recognition. Instead, it was the fruit of living out her calling to be a caregiver.

Carolyn is in sharp contrast to others who work at the same facility. It is often difficult to get them to do the basic necessities of care for your loved one. Requests are met with resistance. The attitude in which they do their job is compulsory instead of a motivation to serve.

This attitude can be seen in almost any vocational area. Whether you go into a department store, speak with a customer service agent, or go to get your tires changed, it is easy to recognize those who are living out their calling versus those who are collecting a paycheck.

Which person are you in this story? Pray that you see your work as a calling and an avenue to express the life of Jesus through your work life.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Unplug Today!

April 8, 2013

When you hear the term “Unplug”, what comes to mind?  Today I went for a run, and as I usually do, I was listening to a podcast.  Today’s choice podcast was from Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership series, titled “Casting the Vision“.  I learned while listening to this message, it is one that could provide insight to anyone working in any field and applies to many life situations.  I suggest you set aside 36 minutes to listen to the message.  Whether you do this while running, riding in the car, or while at work, I promise you it will help you reconsider what is ahead for the remainder of 2013.

Personally, what really stuck was the 1st step suggested by the guests in the message, authors of the book One Word (, who unpack a new approach to life change each year.  They discuss how their book helps their readers consider a clear and compelling vision through the use of “one word”.  This “one word” helps cater to focus and simplicity as we live in a world of distraction and busyness.  In particular the authors Dan Britton, Jimmy Page and Jon Gordon, reveal the steps to helping discover our own “one word” for 2013.  The 1st step is to UNPLUG, finding time to do some self discovery and assessing at our heart level what is important in our lives.  One of the authors specifically discussed how they find the best time to UNPLUG is when they are at the gym, and I immediately connected with their story.

I often find it easiest to UNPLUG from the busyness of life and the work that is ahead, by getting out for a run or a bike ride, taking in the sights of God’s creation and reflecting on what God is calling me too!  Many times I find that God is speaking to me in the times I UNPLUG as I am reminded of what is laid upon my heart.  Oftentimes I find that I am inspired and encouraged when I UNPLUG and get out for a jog or a ride.  It is especially nice when the weather is as it was today!  Clear skies, sun shining, temperature rising, complimented with a light fog hovering over Saylorville Lake.  Simple Beauty!  A great metaphor for the time we UNPLUG and examine our heart.  We are afforded the opportunity to find time to UNPLUG and when we do we may find that God will speak to us more and more.  When is the last time you set time aside to UNPLUG?  Did you complete a self check-up?  Were you able to come away encouraged?  Maybe you need to create the time to simply UNPLUG!  I encourage you to UNPLUG TODAY and see what God may have in store for you.  Just listen to your heart and discover what is important and how you might take action to live in alignment with what is laid upon your heart!