Everyone wants their work to count for something. To know that those 30, 40, 50 hours you spend every week have an impact on more than just the bottom line. (yours or the company’s)
Some choose a field where they feel they can make a difference, like teaching, or healthcare. Others choose to work for companies that are making a difference through their products or services.
But what if you work for a company whose main goal is to make money? What if you work in a field that offers no real impact in the world?
Can you still make a difference? Can you still influence the world? Or do you just go through the motions day in and day out, continuing to feel that your work has no meaning.
There are things in this world that satisfy, even if only for a moment:
- a steaming bowl of gooey mac-n-cheese
- a silky bubble bath
- a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night
Yet even these delightful things are fleeting and forgotten. The same is true for our work. Even if you work in a “meaningful” industry, chances are pretty good that your weeks fly by fast and you don’t have the impact you once did-or thought you did-in your field. You run into someone you worked with years earlier and they struggle to remember your name or what your position was at the company.
What if your work could have meaning regardless of your position or industry? What if your 30, 40, 50 hours a week could have eternal impact? It can, and it should.
All it requires a little bit of math. The Impact Equation that can be applied to any job to turn it into meaningful work.
The Impact Equation: Purpose + Passion + Vision = Impact
In earlier posts, we looked at purpose and passion. Let’s re-visit as a refresher:
The Purpose in our work (and everything else in life) is to bring glory to God, though surrendering to God’s will for our lives.
The Passion comes from worshiping God through our work. How exciting to think we can worship our Creator and God through our daily work.
This type of purpose and passion allows us to look beyond spreadsheets and lesson plans to see more clearly the why (God’s eternal plan) behind the what (our workplace calling).
The Vision is our ability to look beyond the here and now to the there and then. Looking with eternal eyes instead of earthly ones.
God has eternal plans for our work, but He needs us to open our eyes and see with His heart. What does God see when He looks at the work He has called us to do? Does He see the impact of a product or service? Does He see the company’s bottom line?
God sees His creation. He sees you and all of the people He has intentionally placed around you for 30, 40, 50 hours a week. He sees the impact you can have on the lives of those around you. He sees hearts and souls-eternal ones, not temporary. Not fleeting. Not forgotten.
Ken Blanchard, a well-known business author/speaker talks about labeling the “forever” and the “temporary”. If you were to take post-it notes and go around your workplace labeling what is temporary and what is eternal, you would find that the only things labeled “eternal” will be other human beings. The spreadsheet, the lesson plan, product or service-all temporary. The people are eternal.
Think of the impact we could have for all of eternity if we put on “God glasses”, and started seeing the eternal.
You hear many in the business world say, “it all comes down to people.” It’s a true statement. And as working women of faith, God has placed people around us who need Him. They need:
- His grace
- His mercy
- His forgiveness
- His love
They need a relationship with Him. And although God could use any method imaginable to reach those people, He has chosen to use those who have that relationship with Him already.
Are you ready to have meaningful work with eternal results?
Are you ready to use the Impact Equation?
Purpose + Passion + Vision=Impact
I pray that God will grab hold of your heart and life this week, that you will have a renewed sense of purpose, passion, and vision in your workplace calling. May God use you to have and eternal impact on the lives of those around you.