You’ve been at your position for two years, and you feel like you’re going nowhere. There is no room for advancement. Your supervisor seems checked-out of her own job, and certainly isn’t bothering to notice your efforts. Your coworkers look for ways to shift their duties onto your shoulders, play on their phones during work hours, and offer only a minimal effort during most shifts. You certainly aren’t getting rich, and you wonder: what’s the point of a good work ethic? Why not join the “slacker crowd?” Others don’t seem to be suffering consequences for their sloppy work.
Now is not the time to coast. What others are (or aren’t) doing on the job is not the point.
Consider Who is Your Real Boss
Yes, your employer issues your paycheck. But we are ultimately called to honor God with our every effort. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (NLT). While certainly it is nice to be noticed and appreciated by your employer, our ultimate purpose is to glorify God, and that includes in our work.
Be a Living Example
You don’t know who is watching and learning as you work. Your work ethic might be a witness to someone else. Titus 2:7a reminds us that “…you yourself must be an example…by doing good works of every kind” (NLT).
Your Future Never Was Only in Your Hands
As you tend to the task at hand with full attention and effort, you create space for God to move in your life. What looks like a dead end may transform to an open door. Ann Landers noted that, “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” Honor God, yourself and others by putting in the effort, and watch to see what unfolds. Proverbs 16:3 urges us, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed” (NLT).
With a Good Work Ethic, You Can Lead Even in the Dungeon
Recall Joseph’s journey as he experienced slavery, betrayal, and even prison – but served diligently at every turn. The mantle of leadership landed on his shoulders time and again, in roles of ever-increasing power. Joseph could have quit at any point along the way – just sat down and refused to try. Instead he worked “as though for the Lord,” and the favor of God was on him.
If your current position feels like “the dungeon,” take your opportunity to serve with excellence. Honor God, and give Him room to move in your situation.