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Thankful At Work
Published: 3/12/2013 3:00:59 PM


God has blessed me with innumerable things throughout my life. In a previous post, I wrote about the blessing that I most take for granted: my job. It has been the one thing I have been the most likely to complain about, and the least likely to praise and thank God for. I typically thank God for sustaining my life with food, water, clothing and providing me with my loving family and friends.. But I often neglect to thank God for the one thing that provides the means to providing all of those ends: my job.

This isn't a regurgitation of my previous post. Although I often still struggle in the area of being thankful - truly thankful - for my job, I found yet another reason to be thankful for my job. I recently took part in a Bile study that addressed the idea of being a 'hurried family'. It raised my awareness of other aspects of my life that are hurried.

But I'm not hurried at work..

This isn't to say that I'm not bogged down with work at times, or that my work life is devoid of deadlines and stress. Far from it. But I have been blessed with some flexibility, the ability to have an excellent balance of work and life, and the freedom to work independently without micromanaging.

For the most part, I live without the insurmountable stress that the working world typically places on the individual in the workplace. And for that, I am truly blessed. I would struggle living that way.

God knows our struggles and our abilities. He knows my ability (or lack thereof) to deal with a hurried workplace. It was one of the reasons why I struggled with my first job so mightily. When I thought I wanted to be an investment banker, live the 9 am to 9 pm, 6 day a week work life. It was a struggle. From day one, it was brutal. It affected my health and my relationships. Most disturbingly, my relationship with the Lord suffered. So when I was laid off shortly after starting the job, it was a blessing in disguise. God allowed me to find another position with another firm that wasn't so intense. This gave me an opportunity to heal, develop and maintain relationships with others, and most importantly to grow in a relationship with Him through Christ.

So when we were discussing how our lives, specifically our work lives have become so hurried, it struck me that I am truly blessed to have a God that led me to a job that allows me to: have dinner with my family nearly 100% of the time, spend the evening with my young children, make and keep plans with family and friends. I have the schedule that allows me to worship with my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ at my home church each and every week and teach Sunday School without fear of being called away for the weekend.

In a future post, I'll discuss in more detail how I handle stress. That is a blog in and of itself. But for now, I am simply thankful that God has given me manageability in the workplace. I am thankful that God has given me a relatively unhurried job that opens up time to do all those things I've mentioned.

Right now, I am simply thankful.

How has God blessed you in your work life?

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Contributed by Brian