This past week I started something that is hopefully going to continue over the next 6 weeks: a digital book club with some fellow pastors from across Australia. We are intentionally going to meet for an hour each week over these coming weeks and read 2 chapters of the book we are working through: “Work Well Being: Leading Thriving Teams in Rapidly Changing Times” by Mark McCrindle and Ashley Fell.
And the reason I share this, is because the first part of chapter one goes like this: “When you think about work, how often do you think about it being tied to our human purpose, as a key to flourishing and thriving or as part of the reason for life?”
And on reflection of this, I really thought about the blessing I have in my vocation, and the way that often I don’t see what I do as ‘work’. It reminds me of something my dad always used to say: “If you find a job that you love, you will never have to ‘work’ a day in your life”
While that might not be always true, there is quite a bit of truth to that, and I think it is the same in the church as well. Yes – we are always going to require volunteers to do some of those jobs that we don’t always ‘love’ to do, and they might feel like hard ‘work’ at times, but if we find a role within the church that we love, we will never have to ‘work’ at all, and McCrindle and Fell would say – you will actually flourish and thrive in that role.
So it begs the question – what do you ‘love’ to do?
Sometimes we get this idea that what I love to do would be of no use to my ministry in and through the church to our community – but I believe that is well off the mark. As one body, made up of many members, all of our unique skills, talents, abilities and passions will each help us to achieve great things for God’s Kingdom, if we use what God has given us for his glory.
We never really then even have to ‘retire’ from service, because we will find joy in our serving, flourishing and thriving, knowing that God has blessed us with these gifts, for us to be a blessing to others.
In Christ’s Service (not really ‘working’ but loving my vocation and purpose),