Today at Church we started a new series titled, “Take Your Job and Love It”. In Pastor Kevin’s message we went over Genesis 2:15 - “Then the lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Two highlighted words in this verse were cultivate and keep. He explained that cultivate translates to create, while keep translates to serve, or to give great care. He gave us two key questions to ask ourselves, stating that if we could answer these questions and in turn let these answers impact our actions, then we can find fulfillment in any job/career/work/school...
These two questions are:
1. Who am I impacting?
2. How am I creatively making their lives better?
This was an awesome service, but the best part is how full of gratitude my heart felt through the whole service, knowing that not only do I get to impact and creatively make the lives of my clients improved, or so I hope, but I also get to do these two things through one of my biggest passions and something I already love.
It is honestly so rewarding to watch clients grow and change their life for the better, to help them find new passions, to strengthen skills they didn’t know they had, or talent that was previously untapped, and discover beauty they’ve always possessed, but couldn’t see. I always tell myself if I can make a true difference in one person’s life then I should be happy - but I know that isn’t enough... I know I want to play big... because the truth is - in my lifetime I should impact & creatively improve as many people’s lives as possible, especially those lives that God puts on my path.
With that said, then it is also important to remember, that my ‘work’ extends far beyond the walls of a gym or the virtual world for a support group. My work extends into all facets of my life - I feel that for true fulfillment and living my purpose, which is simply to serve, then I should also always look for ways in every other facet of life that I can impact someone and creatively make his/her life better.
Do I reach out to other people at church? Do I smile at a stranger passing by? Do I remember to always tell everyone I connect with to have an amazing day? Do I look people in the eyes when I have a personal interaction? Do I remember to set my phone aside and give my undivided attention to the person sitting across from me or right next to me?
They all seem like such simple tasks, and some might ask, “well how does that make their life better?” ... but the truth is - sometimes a quick glance, a sincere smile, a gentle touch is all someone needs to make their lives better - and we wouldn’t even know. And, it’s the little things that are so easy to do, yet so easy to often neglect doing.
If you haven't asked yourself those two questions about your job - I would recommend doing so! Especially if you feel that you lack fulfillment in your work. I also challenge you to then broaden your horizon and think in what other areas of your life you can create fulfillment by impacting others and making their lives better! <3