“Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” (Genesis 2:5-9, NIV)


God created Utopia from nothing. He created a world which was pure, clean, and beautiful and gave it to man to take care of. God was a worker. He created man in His own image – to work the land and care for His new world. God saw a vision of men and women working in harmony, worshiping Him and glorifying Him in everything they did. He saw a peaceful world filled with love and beauty.

So why has that which God designed to be so majestic often become so mundane – so meaningless? Why all the confusion about our work? Why can’t we relax and enjoy our jobs? Whatever our jobs are, no matter how ordinary they seem, they can be extraordinary and brimming with God-honoring importance and significance if they are done well and for the glory of God.

If we are discovering the rich and robust doctrine of vocation for the first time, we might be tempted to see it as a passing Christian fad. In our more cynical moments, we might wonder whether all this talk about work is merely the latest hype in an often shallow, populist Christian faith. Though this kind of thinking about work may be new to you, let me assure you that the language and doctrine of Christian vocation is not faddish but foundational to an integral Christian faith. A right understanding of vocation has been a transforming truth in the day-to-day ordinary lives of faithful followers of Jesus for many centuries. Vocation is a robust theology of ordinary, everyday life.

What can you do to bring a little excitement back into you job? Try praying. Try studying the word of God. Quit complaining. Do your very best in everything you do. Make sure the path you are taking is a path that honors God and not one that turns you further away from Him.

Happiness and contentment come when we find ourselves living closer to our Father and further from those things that bring us down.


Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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20 Comments on “WHY CAN’T I BE CONTENT AT WORK?”

  1. Skye Says:

    I love this post!! The picture is perfect, too! Thank you, and blessings on your day! πŸ™‚


  2. garden2day Says:

    The attitude in which we seek (and hopefully, we are seeking) no matter what job it is whether it is sewer work or CEO (some may say they are the same πŸ˜‰ ), that is what makes the difference. I hope you are well! Prayers… πŸ™‚


  3. SaintlySages Says:

    Doing the ordinary extraordinarily. God bless!


  4. This is one moment when the Spirit moves and He moves us from the here and now to eternity.




  6. Contentment is so hard. I struggle so much with this.


  7. Bob Says:

    Oh… how true.


  8. Praying sometimes brings back all the simplicity that we need.


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