Week 2 Day 4

Alive in every environment: connecting your job with good news

Part of turning our job into a joy is connecting it to good news. How does what I do lead to human flourishing, and enable people and places to come alive?

Some jobs lend themselves to this more naturally. Those in people-centred professions, such as social workers, nurses, counsellors and teachers generally understand how their vocation helps people flourish, connecting them with a preferable future.

An education is good news…
Medication is good news…

Yet, how do factory workers and manufacturers, or those involved in industrial work, connect their story of work with the story of God?

As a young bi-vocational pastor, I worked in a Woolworth’s store. It felt mundane. It felt disconnected from calling, from what I was made for. I got to meet people, but in all honesty I struggled to see how scanning goods was good news.

When work is the steady faithfulness of honouring our commitments, of covering our bills, rather than the adventure of stepping into something that makes us fully alive, we are faced with a choice - the choice to make the connection.

 Clean facilities without bacteria is good news…
Safe driving is good news…
Business orders fulfilled is good news…
Local economies enabled to stay afloat is good news…

When connected with good news, every industry can create beauty, can provide dignity.

Professionals bring purpose and partnerships.
Service industries bring order out of chaos.
Chefs bring creativity to social gatherings.
Cleaners, janitors, refuse collectors bring beauty to the environment.

‘The Holy Spirit is so committed to His world that He wants to partner with you - wherever you are - for His glory. He says to you that are hairdressers and carers and teachers and IT workers and the rest, “ My Spirit will rest upon you, that you might be the means of bringing order out of chaos, beauty into a wilderness, offering something back to God.”’ - Neil Hudson LICC