It has been over 3 years, but I still remember it like yesterday. I had flown to Dallas, TX for a week-long intensive class I needed while pursuing my master’s degree. Work had been crazy leading up to that week and I knew we would be discussing how to be fulfilled in what we do for a career. Needless to say, I was feeling anything but fulfilled. That is when my professor said it.
“If you love 60% or more of what you do, be content with your current situation, because it’s a great place to be”. I didn’t know what to do with that. I wanted to love everything in my job. I wanted to look for that “perfect” spot. But the strange thing was, I wasn’t discouraged by his statement, I was encouraged. I went back home and to work with a renewed sense that what I did, not only wasn’t bad but that it mattered…greatly.
Unfortunately, I don’t think many people are there. As Tim Challies writes in his article, “There are very few jobs in this world that are consistently exciting.” That is what I wanted, but once I had my expectations aligned properly my attitude and thus actions changed as well as my perspective on my work.
Check out Tim’s article, “Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Opportunity“. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!