Finding Real Purpose in Work

Think Differently About Things

Every Leader needs to have Excitement, Meaning, and Purpose in their annual workload.

Have you ever dreaded the thought of another year of “work,” doing the same thing all over again for the same unfulfilling outcomes?

If you’re honest with yourself, you can say “Yes, I have” to my question.  Don’t worry, I have also felt that way, and I am grateful that I found a solution for that kind of thinking.

When My Perspective Changed on my Purpose in Work

I was headed out the door to work event when my daughter asked me why I was leaving and couldn’t stay home. With resignation in my voice, I said, “I have to go to work, and I will be back later tonight.”  Something about the way I responded to her caught my attention.

Ingratitude had shifted my mindset and controlled my perspective.  This mindset had to change!

Throughout my career, I have experienced times of abundance and scarcity, and recently, I had a dry spell where making enough income wasn’t on the horizon.  During those times, I remember telling myself, “I will do anything it takes to feed my family.”  How quickly I forgot that statement and season in life!

What was wrong with me?  What happened to my gratitude for the privilege to earn an income and provide for my family?  That was it!  I had lost my gratitude and my perspective was not only wrong, but it was controlling my motivation and excitement for work.

I don’t have to go to work. I get to go to work.

How many people would gladly trade places with me to enjoy my business career and marketplace opportunity? Yet, I made a statement that focused on the responsibility of work vs. my privilege to work.  One word shifted my whole outlook and changed my perspective!

Finding Real Purpose in Work - Happy Man

My new perspective caused me to search the Bible for God’s view of work.  I started in the book of Genesis.  I quickly got my answer.

God Has a Purpose for Work

Before the fall of humanity and the introduction of sin, God commissioned Adam to work:

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  Genesis 2:15 NIV

Work is not a curse; instead, because God created work, it is a holy activity and a form of worship to Him.  This means that work is important to God!

God has called us to:

  1. Work
  2. Produce
  3. Create
  4. Have Dominion (Influence, Authority)
  5. Teach Others in our Work – Exodus 35:34


Finding Excitement, Meaning, and Purpose in Work

All of us have talents and skills of some type.  It could be organizing, designing, building, problem-solving, encouraging, teaching, or even being a great helper (that is a remarkable skill because you need to be a great listener with a healthy dose of humility).

I could talk to you for days about finding real purpose in your work (get in contact with me if you would like to discuss this in more detail), but I will suffice with giving you four steps to contemplate.

  • Understand that there is a bigger purpose for your life.
  • Rebuild your view of your vocation.
  • Operate primarily within your gifts.
  • Develop a plan for ministry within your work

I encourage you to take time to journal and talk through these steps with several people close to you.  Like me, I am confident that you will find new meaning and excitement in your work!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.  Colossians 3:23


Final Thought on Finding Real Purpose in Work

If you have a bad attitude about your work, you likely have a bad belief about God.


Question:  What are you doing to find real excitement, meaning, and purpose at work?


About Paul Harstrom

If you would like a copy of my detailed study on this subject, please contact me to receive my study notes via email

Through a monthly coaching and group round table membership, called Truth At Work Louisville, I help Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, and Executives be the gifted leaders that God has created them to be. I understand discouragement, loneliness, and confusion that grips Christian Business Leaders in the Marketplace. You don’t have to live that way!  Learn more about Truth At Work in Louisville, KY

I am a business growth coach. My purpose is to help Christian Business Leaders bridge the gap between their Faith and Business and learn to LEAD Diligently for greater Kingdom Impact. Founder of LEAD Diligently and Chapter President of Truth At Work Louisville

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