I believe that as Christians, we should have motivation, peace, and confidence in everything we do.
We have the unique advantage of knowing a certain future in Christ; which means we also have the responsibility to orient our lives accordingly. Our vocation is simply an expression of our primary ministry: to serve God.
Yet few believers would be able to say they experience this motivation, peace, and confidence in their day-to-day jobs. Many are dissatisfied in their jobs, and one in three Americans see their job as only a means to an end (paying the bills), not as a career.
I would cite misfitting careers as the cause of this dissatisfaction and lack of motivation. It’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole – it doesn’t fit, so there’s bound to be frustration.
God creates and equips each of us for a specific purpose, and we find motivation, peace, and confidence when we are working within that purpose.
God created us to work. He gave Adam charge to take care of the earth and the animals before sin ever entered the world. We are innately designed to accomplish tasks and make progress.
But we are also designed with unique characteristics, talents, personalities, and values. The problem is that too often we don’t align our unique design with our vocation. So we get frustrated, and stuck in a cycle of unmotivating, unsatisfying work, and aren’t quite sure how to get out of it.
Crown’s Career Direct Assessment was created to solve problems just like this. It analyzes your personality, values, interests, and skills to help you understand how God uniquely created you. It will also help you know what career suits your design best. I recommend it to any parent looking to help their child understand their college and career path, and any professional looking to make a change, or curious about if their job is a good fit.
When you understand how your passion and purpose lines up, you’re more motivated to accomplish the tasks at hand.
Most people today strive for more money – they think it will make them happier, more important, or content. But Solomon, the wisest man of the Bible, said, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income.”
Regardless of how much money you make, how famous you are, or how much job security you have, unless you’re truly in God’s will, you’ll never find peace. Looking to those things instead of the God who created you will only satisfy temporarily.
Be at peace with the amount of money you make, and strive to make progress for the Kingdom, not for your own gain.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 – “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God…”
When you know how God created you to work, and are able to match your design with your vocation, you also find confidence in what you’re doing. Instead of working to hear praise from others, you work for the cause of Christ. This kind of confidence is deeper than wearing a nice suit or running an efficient meeting. It comes from knowing your work can have eternal implications, and that your purpose goes beyond 9am-5pm.
To start your journey to working with Motivation, Peace, and Confidence, take the Career Direct assessment.