Dear Younger Me,
In the different jobs you will hold as you grow up, learn to serve God through them. The tasks you will be assigned to do may not always be your favorite, and you may not always be the best at them either. I hope you’ll learn that complaining about them doesn’t help you. More than that, I hope you will learn to not be short-sighted as you do your work, only keeping your eyes on your job, but that you will be far-sighted as you look to the One you work for. When you look at Him, and you see the work you do through that lens, I hope your attitude toward work will begin to shift. You’ll wake up ready to accomplish God’s work instead of waking up to check all the things off your to-do list. Because waking up for a to-do list is not always going to be exciting, and maybe sometimes it’ll simply be overwhelming and exhausting. You’ll come across some boring tasks and things you’d simply rather not do because they don’t excite you, but as you glorify God in your work you can glorify Him even in those things.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” What a pair of verses to remind you it’s God who you work for, and that as your eyes are on Him, requiring the praise of your boss to feel like you’ve done a good job no longer matters, and that even if you really don’t love your work every day, joy is found in work done for God.