I work on purpose. I work to provide for my family and myself. I like food with my meals! I also see work as a service to others. I’ve worked all sorts of different jobs as I grew up. I learned first to work in the hay fields and tobacco fields of Kentucky. I learned what an hour’s worth of work was all about. I’ve made fast food hamburgers. I’ve worked in food service as a cook. My parents taught me to give honest work to whomever I worked for. When fast forward through my time in student ministry to my years now as a REALTOR – the principle is still the same. I need to give honest work to whomever I’m working for. I see the real estate profession as a service profession. I think it’s even more important to hold myself accountable to others in how I work and serve my clients and customers. My work can serve and minister to others. I came across this passage from Paul and it reminded me why I work. Check this out…
6 Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. 7 Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, 8 knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. (Ephesians 6:6-8 CSB)
I try to serve with a good attitude even if others have a bad attitude. (This is not easy and I fail miserably at times.) When I serve as a REALTOR professional – I’m actually serving the Lord while helping others. I feel like I’ve been blessed by the Lord as I continue to look for ways to serve others as well as my community.
Physicians, nurses, and other health care professions serve others with knowledge and care for the sick.
Attorney’s, judges & law clerks serve others in need of the justice system and navigating the complexity of the law as to the Lord.
Police, Firefighters and EMT’s serve others desperately in need of protection or rescue – as to the Lord.
REALTORS, Property Managers, bookkeepers, support staff all can serve others who are seeking help with housing as to the Lord.
This list of professions could go on to include every profession on the planet. Everything I do and everywhere I go the Lord sees and knows – He holds me accountable and He can be served in any profession or career choice.
I believe that when we serve others, we can navigate more efficiently the nuances of relationship. If I’m there to be served, I have certain expectations and demands of others. If I come to my work relationships and situations with a serving perspective, the whole experience can honor the Lord.
I work at the pleasure of Creator God who built me and wired me to serve Him while serving others.