It’s Labor Day. We mostly think of this holiday as marking the end of summer, but it’s intent is to recognize the contributions of the American worker. Hopefully you have found work you enjoy. As the old saying goes, find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. The Bible reminds us it is good to find enjoyment in our work (Ecc. 2:24; 3:13) and to work heartily (Col. 3:23).
The American workplace has changed dramatically in recent years. One thing is certain, in today’s work environment we will all face new career choices at various times in our working lives. If you are lucky enough to be able to work, do something you truly enjoy. Here are three keys to choosing work you love:
1) Find work that matches who you are. Square pegs don’t fit in round holes. You will have more energy and enthusiasm if you choose work that matches your unique personality and temperament.
2) Do what is possible for you. What is possible for you as a 20-something with few resources but few commitments may be very different from what is possible for you when your are middle-aged, with many commitments, but a wealth of resources to draw on.
3) Provide a product or service that meets a demand. Even when we have figured out what kind of work is possible for us at our stage of life and when we are doing work that matches how we are made, we still have to provide a product or service that others are willing to pay for. It can help to think differently in these situations, like the lawyer who makes house calls or the seamstress who begins making clothes for dolls.