The Meaning of Life @ the Workplace (4)

There is something to the idea of doing what you are.  If I am someone who has written poetry since I was a child and am able to actually make a living off of it as a grown-up, then I am indeed quite blessed.  Somehow this issue of doing what we are connects with the issue of Meaning in Life.  We understand this best when we are stuck in a job that we do not like.

Indeed, there is nothing like a job that we are not suited for to make our lives feel totally disjointed and out of wack. This relates to an old observation that goes back all the way to the Greek philosophers. Socrates, I believe commented on something called Eudamonia – which comes quite close to the idea that doing what you are produces happiness.

{Note to Self: Research this and finish l8r.}

Now if somehow, someway and somewow(!?!), what we do is tied into or is a feed into what gives Meaning in our life, then a question arises: Does this mean that if we are stuck in a job that we do not like, then we are doomed to live a meaningless existence in the here and now?

No.  Here is why.

1. While a job contributes to Meaning, it does not exhaust it. You are not your job.  Some day you will retire.

2. The Bible indicates that job satisfaction ultimately comes from God.  That is to say that even if you had a dream job, you may still NOT find job satisfaction in it.  And on the flip side, you may have a less than ideal job to suit your tastes, but find great satisfaction in it. Why? Let Ecclesiastes speak and explain why:

A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God…”~ Eccles. 2:24

“That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil — this is the gift of God.” ~ Eccles. 3:13

“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work — this is a gift of God.” ~ Eccles. 5:19

“God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.”  ~ Eccles. 6:2

Ultimately satisfaction at the workplace comes from God!

Advertisements