We’ve been talking about how to find joy at work.
In Part 1, we shared the difference between joy and happiness:
“While happiness is a feeling of cheer or delight based on circumstances, joy is a prevailing orientation of the heart that produces deep contentment and hope.”
We also shared that one way to find joy at work is to bless your coworkers, whether friends or enemies.
Another way to find joy at work is to accept challenges as opportunities.
Every morning I pray a prayer to start my work day. Part of it says,
“Help me to walk in peace with others, myself, and you. Instead of becoming anxious about challenges, help me to see them as opportunities to go to you and grow in you. As I work today, may I continue to abide in you.”
There are two ways to deal with challenges – the first way is to become anxious and stressed about them. And we all know what that feels like. We freak out. We wriggle like a worm on a hook, scheming to find our way out of them. And we’re wondering, “Why did this happen to me?”
Or second, we can accept them as opportunities to go to God and grow in God. If Jesus is your boss, then he’s in charge of your growth. And he can use all things to shape you and mold you and build you up.
One of the hardest things as a parent is to watch your kids go through hardships. You want to get in there and rescue them and say, “It’s okay, I’ll keep anything from ever happening to you.”
That’s good if your goal is to keep them as babies. But it’s not. It’s to raise them up, prepare them for life. That’s what God does through our challenges. Listen, whether or not we will face challenges is not the question, the real question is how we will face them.
I have found as I’ve faced my challenges, that because I am assured that God is in charge of my growth and as I practice his presence, that in the midst of challenges, I can have joy. Deep, penetrating, circling, burbling, joy that produces inward peace and outward radiance.