How to Experience Joy at Work

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God wants to participate in your workday.

You think a lot of dumb thoughts in any given workday. I’ll never get this done. I won’t have time. I’m forgetting something.

Tell God about those dumb thoughts.

You worry about a lot of unlikely situations at work. I won’t know what to say on the phone. The computer might fail in the middle of my project. I might get fired.

Tell God about those unlikely fears.

You obsess over the same few topics, over and over again, for entire commutes. I’m not getting enough sleep. When will I find time to exercise? I’m not reading the Bible.

Tell God about those topics–again.

You will experience joy at work to the extent that you invite Jesus into your office.

Stress as a Motivator

The past couple of weeks, my workload has approximately doubled after a co-worker left (and another went on vacation). My body has very specific reactions to stress, so I immediately lost some of my peripheral vision, and couldn’t fall asleep at night, and experienced pain in my jaw.

I also remembered to pray. My mantra of trusting God came in handy a lot this week. I started praying obsessively about the silliest problems … and Jesus didn’t seem to mind at all! In fact, He intervened for me. He reminded me that He wanted to be included.

‘Wouldn’t he know without being asked?’ said Polly.

‘I’ve no doubt he would,’ said the Horse (still with his mouth full). ‘But I’ve a sort of an idea he likes to be asked.’ – C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

Stress as a Blessing

Quick example: a certain listener has been trolling one of the live talk shows I’m covering, so I’ve been told to screen his calls. I’m stressing about what to say when the phone inevitably rings–how to be polite yet firm–so I pray. Even to me, both the concern and the prayer seem a little silly.

Nothing externally changes. He does, in fact, call. I tell him that I’m sorry, but we can’t take his call today. We both move on with our lives. For me, though, unexpected joy has invaded an unpleasant experience. I remember that Jesus loves me.

Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. – Isaiah 35:1 (NLT)

You can’t bother God.

He doesn’t roll His eyes when you pray about the same stupid fears. He delights in you! He can’t wait to pour His Spirit over your situation. Even when your circumstances don’t change, prayer awakens you to His Presence, and His Presence makes everything better. Wouldn’t you rather go to work with Jesus?

The most mundane anxieties represent opportunities to ask for God’s help. He won’t provide a revelatory response in most cases, but gradually, you will begin to notice Him at work. That’s where joy happens.


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