"YOU WERE CREATED TO WORK, and you will feel most happy, most alive, and most useful when you are doing the work you were created to do. Unfortunately, over 50 percent of all workers are dissatisfied with their jobs -- a record high -- and as many as 80 percent are not in jobs best suited for them. That's tragic, since about half of your 112 waking hours each week will be devoted to work and your work commute." Pat Morley, A Man'a Guide To Work.
SEVEN KEYS TO PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
A. View your job as God’s unique calling for you.
- Genesis 1:27-28
- Eph. 2:10
- Col. 3:23
B. Reject mediocrity!
- I Corinth. 10:31
C. Pay attention to the details.
- Prov. 27:23
- Prov. 22:29
D. Always give others more than they are expecting.
- Luke 6:38
E. Realize that professional excellence rests on the foundation of consistent character.
- 2 Pet. 1:3-8
F. Get connected to a band of brothers who will help you sustain excellence.
- Eccles. 4:9-12
GOD'S AGENDA FOR OUR WORK
- “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men;knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Col. 3:23-24
- “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Prov. 16:3
- “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.” Prov. 18:9
- “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.” Prov. 19:2
- "Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Prov. 19:21
- “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Prov. 21:5
- “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Prov. 22:1
- “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings.” Prov. 22:29
- “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.” Prov. 27:23-24
Here is the link to a great book that presents the biblical view of work, called How Then Should We Work by Hugh Whelchel.