How to become women of worthwhile WORK.

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Next in this week’s blog series about being Proverbs women in today’s generation is learning to be women of worthwhile work.  I have been talking about different ways that we can see our worth and really take control of our lives as women.
We should see the worth and value in making our homes beautiful…we should definitely make our words worthwhile…but do you feel that there is worth in your work?

I am almost 22 years old, and have had pretty much every job you could possibly imagine…

Being a server at a tea room…
Working at a diner…
Being a receptionist…
Working at an Irish pub…
Teaching kids art & music classes…

Hosting and planning parties & events…
Working at a vegan restaurant when I was far from being vegan…
Teaching yoga…
Nannying…

Throughout all of those sometimes random jobs, there are moments of identity crisis.
Why am I doing this?…Why am I here?…This is pointless…This isn’t me

The problem is-we live in a world that loves to define us by our work. People don’t often ask me what my dreams, goals, values, and ideals are. But everybody asks: “What do you do?”…”What is your job?”…and on and on and on.

What I have come to realize is that if I don’t keep my attitude positive and wake up in the morning filled with excitement and enthusiasm, I dread the entire work day. Proverbs 31 gives us the best explanation as to what kind of working women we should be:

“She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it, then, with the money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work and is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.”

Maybe you’re reading this and you are a mother, watching your kids run around, watching life fly by, and wondering if what you’re doing makes a difference. Or maybe you’re working at a part time job, not feeling like you have any influence in the world. You might be one of the people in Hollywood who wants so badly to bring positive messages to TV & film, but it’s so difficult that you feel like giving up.
No matter where we are in our lives or occupations, we all get tired. We all become drained. But it is SO reassuring to know that there is true worth in the work that we are doing.
God has called each and every one of us to be women of worthwhile work. This is not an easy task. However, Proverbs creates a really helpful checklist we can do daily to keep ourselves in line with God’s plan for our work.

Daily questions to ask yourself about your work:
1-Am I planning and organizing? (Doing this seriously helps take stress off of my shoulders. Make lists, mark your calendars, be a well-planned woman!)
2-Am I saving my extra money? (Saving money makes me feel SO much better about the work I’m doing. You might not be using yours to plant a garden, but remember to also use your money to bring beauty to the world in your own unique way.)
3-Am I eager to start my day? (We all get drained and tired. Sometimes even depressed. There have been mornings that I’ve woken up and dreaded getting out of bed because I felt that nothing of worth was going to happen in my day. We can’t allow ourselves to think that way. Everyone you come into contact with has the potential to see your light & see God. We have to view every work opportunity, whether it’s through being a mother or through working at a diner, as a chance to let God use us for some incredible, life changing moments.)
4-Am I in a hurry to call it quits for the day? (Being tired is one thing, but being angry, sad, or bitter about each work day and being in a rush to quit fills our hearts with negativity. Sometimes I can’t wait to get off work and go home, but I’m so much happier when I think about how God could use me while I’m there. Then, I’m so happy & filled with purpose that I lose track of time!)

Ladies, wherever you are today & whatever your work situation may be, God has placed you there for a reason and is expecting you to be a woman of worthwhile work.
Try asking yourself those questions, praying, talking to God, and reminding yourself that what you do is valuable.

 

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