LGD 086: Work As A Calling

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Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Some of you may be doing what you dreamed of, while others are still deciding what you want to be when you grow up.

hands with gloves cleaning a paint brush
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Pskov, Russia

For me, I thought I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. In my twenties, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my career.

In my thirties, I moved closer to my calling.

Now, in my mid-forties, I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do with the rest of my career.

Growing up, we think we have to have our whole life mapped out for our career, but I have discovered that God does not always reveal your career path until much later in life.

In today’s passage, we see the Israelites preparing to build the Tabernacle. The Lord calls men and women who have the necessary skills and asks them to prepare the Tabernacle.

“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”

Exodus 35:35

Regardless of the industry, you work within, we can view our work as a calling. God has gifted each one of us with talents and skills and desires us to use them in service to our companies, schools, or the church.

What I love about God is He uses all of your experiences and skills to prepare for the role or job He wants you to perform.

During any given day at work, I might draw upon the experiences and skills I have acquired over the past.

For example,

  • Selecting A/V equipment for a conference room (knowledge gained from years of running sound at church or on music tours)
  • Discussing a challenging situation with a vendor (discussing with parents a students performance when I was coaching)
  • Mentoring an employee on goal selection (helping athletes set achievable goals)

And the list goes on. We all have these experiences that influence our work and help us apply our skills and experience to the work we do today.

God has tailor made a role for you based on your experiences and skills.

When we lose focus or let anxiety and stress dictate whether or not we are good enough for the work we are doing, remember you are uniquely crafted for what you are doing by a creator who created you.

There is only one of you in this world. That’s how special you are and the work you do!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for guiding me to the right position that is uniquely crafted for me. Thank you for giving me the knowledge to excel in the work I do each and every day. Grant us peace throughout today. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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