If you’re looking for work, you want to find a good job. You’re not the only one.
If you’re a parent, you want your child to find a good job. And not you only.
These desires are universal. They testify to something about the human heart. God wired us to do meaningful work. Many a breadwinner has endured faithfully in tedious routine driven by utter resolve to provide for his family. But such did not God intend when he made humans and assigned them to cultivate the garden (Genesis 2:15). Work is the purpose for which God made us. So it should surprise no one that we want to do meaningful work, work that achieves something, work that makes a difference.
Our friend Christian Overman, Director of Worldview Matters, has something to say about this. He recently announced a new release (keep reading) in which he wrote,
In Gallup’s “World Poll” of 2013, they found that what the whole world wants, is a “good job.” They also discovered an astounding 63% of workers worldwide are “not engaged” in their work. That is, they “lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes.”
Pay is not the most important factor for most people in a “good” job. Research shows that a critical factor in job satisfaction is meaning. The kind of meaning that comes from knowing you are accomplishing something very important, for something…or Someone…much bigger than yourself.
We don’t get meaning from our work, we bring meaning to our work.
Dr. Overman recently released a splendid new resource designed to encourage and equip workers of all kinds to see the difference you can make–through your work–in God’s world.
We speak of Christian’s new e-book, God’s Pleasure At Work: The Difference One Life Can Make. The work is a blend of biblical worldview + theology of work and includes over 50 short video clips to augment the text. It’s available on both Mac and Windows platforms.
For further information (and more resources) go to Christian’s page Worldview Matters.
- Gary Brumbelow