Work: A Spiritual Pursuit
- Monday, April 02, 2012
Dan, what kind of a role do you see faith or spirituality playing in having a fruitful, rewarding career?
I think we often create an artificial dichotomy in which we divide what is spiritual and what is “secular.” Personally, I think if we are spiritual beings, then everything in our lives is spiritual. I’m not a person of faith for 58 minutes on Sunday morning and then just a worker bee the rest of the week. My work ought to be an expression of my faith. And trust me, what I’m doing on Thursday morning tells people more about what I believe and value than looking at the back of my head for a few minutes on Sunday.
Our work is our best opportunity to live out our “calling.” It’s where we should get a sense of peace, accomplishment and joy. And it’s definitely our greatest opportunity for true “ministry.” We should accept the challenge to use our strongest skills and talents in our daily work. We will experience that sweet spot we all crave – and we will find financial rewards that show up in unexpected ways.
In a 1942 Dorothy Sayers essay titled Why Work, she wrote:
How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life? The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.
So are you making good tables or just collecting a paycheck?
Dan Miller is today's leading authority and personality on careers and 'Work You Love'. As bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love, No More Dreaded Mondays, and many others, Dan reaches thousands of people every month in his newsletter, podcast, and blog with the best trends and opportunities in the workplace and small business. For more information, visit http://www.48days.com.
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