If your job has become about as much fun as being lectured in the boardroom by billionaire Donald Trump, you may need a new career path. Author Dan Miller says work doesn't need to be a bad word -- especially for the Christian.
Miller specializes in creative thinking for personal and business development. He helps people go from the job they hate to finding their "calling" -- or perhaps just making a simple attitude adjustment. His new book, "48 Days to the Work You Love," addresses the topic. It is published by Broadman & Holman, the trade book division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is set to be released in January.
"Seeing so many people who hate their work has been a constant motivator for me to focus on this," Miller said in a recent interview. "[Work] is a blessing and a gift from God. Our work should be our most meaningful form of ministry and obvious fulfillment of God's purpose for our lives."
Miller's book includes ideas for cover letters and resumes, as well as tips on going through the interview process and finding the right kind of work. "Dan's insight and actual hands-on implementation of discovering and developing a calling has influenced thousands of lives, including mine and many of my team members'," Dave Ramsey, national syndicated radio host, writes in the book's forward.
Whether people keep the job they have or decide to seek out a new career path, Miller encourages them to set a timeframe for finding personal fulfillment in the work they do. "I believe 48 Days is an adequate time frame to identify one's strongest God-given areas of competence, evaluate the available options, choose the best one and act," Miller said. "48 Days was chosen ... to remove excuses for months and years passing with no positive changes."
Miller, who has overcome his own personal business failures, knows the stress and struggles that can come in the work force. He believes that God has a unique path for each person and that Christians should be setting the example in the marketplace.
"I saw plenty of people who had an eternal hope but did not seem to have hope and fulfillment in this life," he said. "I think this malady is a blight on the Christian community and on our witness and attraction to the rest of the world."
In today's fast-paced society, where a person may go through as many as 15 jobs in their lifetime, Miller urges readers to discover what they enjoy doing. Just because someone is good at doing something doesn't mean they are going to enjoy it.
Many people see their jobs as a "necessary evil" or as something that defines who or what they are, he said. They may view hating their job and boss as a "badge of honor."
"Money is never enough compensation for investing time in something you hate," Miller writes. " ... Having a job that only provides safety and security is not enough."
A person must discover what they are passionate about and develop a life plan to get to where they want to be, Miller said, adding that many people who are dissatisfied with their work begin looking for a quick fix to their discontentment. Miller asserts that finding a dream job or one's calling in life usually takes more effort than flipping through the classifieds or searching online.
Finding one's calling rarely is easy, but it is worth the effort, Miller says. "Jobs will come and go -- but a vocation or 'calling' will provide a continuing direction," Miller said.
Miller and his wife, Joanne, have three grown children and live in Franklin, Tenn.
48 Days to the Work You Love can be purchased online at www.lifewaystores.com.
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