Aug. 5 - Finding Meaning at Work
When the alarm goes off on Monday morning, do you jump out of bed, excited to get to work and make a difference in the world? For most people, the answer is a resounding, “Heck no.” We would expect that to have been the answer for Naaman’s young slave girl too, but her faith in God helped her to see her job very differently.
This girl had been kidnapped from her home and family, was taken to a strange land, and was forced to work as a servant for Naaman’s wife. It’s safe to assume she didn’t spend her free time shopping for “World’s Best Boss” mugs. But despite her unhappy circumstances, she saw her master suffering with leprosy and suggested a solution: “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:3) As 2 Kings goes on, we see that is exactly what Naaman does and he is cured, all thanks to a young girl he was holding captive – and her God.
Imagine yourself in that girl’s shoes. Most of us likely would have spent our days grumbling about our thankless, meaningless jobs and would have taken a “Serves him right!” attitude towards our master’s suffering, but not this young lady. She had a strong faith in God and found a way to bring meaning to her position. In Naaman, she saw one of God children in misery, knew she had the ability to help, and spoke up.
On the surface, your job may not appear to have meaning, but try looking at it through God’s eyes. You will soon see opportunities to be meaningful around every corner!