When you woke up this morning,did you not want to go to work?
Did the thought of the pressures,projects and people at work make you want to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep?
You’re not alone. Most people go to work because they have, not because they want to.
In our survey, 42% of the women who responded said if they had the option,they would stay home. Can you relate?
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay home, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to work either. What if I told you that you could look forward to going to work? What if there was a fix for the morning dread? What if you could find purpose beyond your paycheck? Would you want it?
This is not an easy fix. It requires effort on your part. But the pay-off is looking forward to going to work. Finding meaning in your work and having an eternal impact right where God has you today.
The fix for the morning dread starts in your head. It starts by changing your thinking. What we think, and what we believe affects our attitudes and determines our actions.
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Here are three ways to change your thinking and fix the morning dread:
1. Work was created by God, and it was good
Do you know that work is a good thing? It’s good because it was created by God. In the beginning, when God made everything we see in our world He called it good. He also created a couple of people to take care of His creation: Adam and Eve. Their job was to take care of the garden. Sounds easy, right? Until you consider that there were every type of animal and plant known to man. This was a job. The kind that takes dedication.
God called everything He created, “good”. That includes the work that was waiting for Adam & Eve when He created them.
Work was initially created by God, for us. The thing is, before the fall, work wasn’t really work. It was part of God’s perfect plan for a perfect world. There were jobs to do, but it wasn’t thought of as “work” like we think of work.
It wasn’t until after the fall that work became a thorn in Adam’s side (pun intended). It was then that work became hard work, work for survival; that felt like, well, work.
2. God created us for work
Not only did God create work for us, He also created us for work. We are hard-wired to do things, to accomplish tasks, to make things happen. It’s in our DNA. It’s how we were created.
Think about the last time you were bored. It probably hasn’t happened since you were a kid. That is because we didn’t have enough work to do as kids. Now, we are full of work. And when you stop to think about it, you would be bored without it.
Work gets things done, and in the process fills our God-placed need to do something.
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Work is a tool used by God, to bring about His purposes. Not only do we work to provide for our basic needs, but we find purpose and identity in our work. Ask anyone who has been unemployed for any length of time. They will tell you that the biggest struggle is just not working.
We need work, and God knew we needed it. That’s why He made it for us.
I fully believe that we will have jobs in heaven, (or the new heaven and new earth), because that’s how God made us. Besides, who wants to sit on a cloud and play a hap for all of eternity? Boring!
3. Work is a gift exchange between God and us
Thinks of work as God’s gift to us. And then think of our work as our gift to God.
Can you see how that change of thinking might affect your attitude to get up and go to work tomorrow?
God gave you this beautiful gift of work because He wired you for it, and work is good. Additionally, it can become a tool in His hand. A tool to provide your needs (because I haven’t seen manna from heaven yet), and a tool to grow His kingdom.
As God provides for our needs through our work, He also provides us with the financial capacity to give to His work here on earth. God can use our work to financially meet the growth needs of His Kingdom here on earth. Not that God needs our money, but that He wants children who are giving.
Not only is our work a financial tool,but a personal one. You know that co-worker you have that is going through a struggle right now and searching for God? You are there for that purpose, for that person.
Our work goes beyond paycheck and beyond purpose, right to people.
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God is not in the paycheck business, but He is in the purpose and people business.
God is using you, in your work, to fulfill His purpose and reach people. THAT is why you are there. THAT is why you get up every morning and go to work. THAT is why you were called to your specific position in your specific place of employment.
It’s all for God. That’s His gift to us: that our work has meaning beyond the task or title.
Our gift to Him? Show up. Give it your best. Give God your all. Watch Him do amazing things.
What would happen if you altered your thinking to these 3 things?
How would your desire to get up and go to wok change if you knew and believed that these 3 things are true, every day of your life?
Are you willing to change the way you think and be rid of the morning dread forever?
Give it a shot. What have you got to lose?