Finding purpose in daily work


I loved running a workshop on "Finding Your Purpose" with City on a Hill's Faith & Work initiative in Melbourne recently. It was fabulous to see so many young workers wanting to wrestle deeply with how faith applies to their working, how they can fulfil God's purposes, and how they can give others a taste of the kingdom.

One of the innovations from the coordinating team was to get people to write up ideas on post-it notes. Each person took an idea written by someone else as they left.

Here are some of the ideas:

  • Be more understanding toward work colleagues

  • Pray for a colleague and ask them how they are going

  • Don't be ashamed of the Gospel

  • Be more patient

  • Take time to pray for what God wants to do in your workplace

  • Find and share a strength you see in a co-worker in a generous and deep way

  • Keep your behaviour at work consistent with your faith

  • Do everything to glorify God

  • Tell someone at work about how your Jesus-loving community makes a positive impact on your working life

  • Do everything as if working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23)

  • Don't seek approval or praise, or expect it

  • Ask your staff how you can help them

  • Enjoy your work, it is God-given

  • Demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit each day at work this week (Galatians 5:22–23)

  • As you walk into work, pray that God's light shines through you in all we do

  • Don't get swept up in the mundane and detail; step back in wonder at how you are using your God-given gifts at work

  • Show patience and empathy when someone at work is angry or having a bad day

  • Continue to form and maintain fruitful relationships

  • Show care to your work colleagues by inviting them on your morning coffee run

  • Try and identify one really positive characteristic/outcome in each person within your team and celebrate this with your team and team leader

  • Find a younger person in your workplace whom you could informally mentor

  • Go the extra mile for someone so that they might see Christ in you

[Photos credit: Sharon Cheung]