Discussion Board 6
For this week’s discussion board, I found myself staring at a blank word document for a long period of time, not sure how to respond. During the last couple years of my emerging adulthood and the first couple years of my middle adulthood, I faced many inner struggles related to work. It has only been in the last year that I accepted and embraced my work.
My younger brother and I were raised by a hardworking, single mom. My parents divorced when I was 8 years old. Due to my dad suffering from alcoholism, he wasn’t around much while I was growing up. His disease prevented him from being the father and husband we needed and severely damaged his social life. However, his battle with alcoholism did not affect his work. He drove for the same trucking company for years, with a perfect driving and employment record. From childhood on, every influential adult in my life worked at a professional job. It was the ...view middle of the document...
My husband received a promotion at his job, which allowed us to be financially capable of me being a stay at home mom. At first, I loved the idea of staying at home with my children. I gradually grew a feeling of inadequacy. I grew up believing that unemployment meant irresponsibility. I had never experienced or witnessed working as a stay at home mom. I thought it was just a phrase women used to justify their lack of responsibility and laziness. Wow, was I wrong!
During the first few months of staying at home with my children, I constantly drug my feet. I didn’t have the confidence I needed to be an affective parent. I felt as if I was letting God, my family, and myself down because I didn’t have a “real” job. I also didn’t have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. I called myself a Christian, but had not yet felt His salvation. Needless to say, once I began to grow closer to God, I started recognizing what’s truly important when it comes to my life. One evening, God’s word completely changed my viewpoint. I was leaning on the sink, washing dishes, overcome by self-pity, when I heard my audio bible say “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23. NIV). I felt immediate gratification. Hearing that one scripture, helped me see things from Jesus, my children, and my husband’s perspective. I understand now that any type of job can be fulfilling if you are doing it for the Lord. Today, I love my job as a stay at home mom and wife. I couldn’t be happier.
I couldn’t agree more with our presentation this week. “The topic of secular work is a much needed discussion in the church today” (Sherman & Hendricks, 1987). There are so many Christians that don’t feel any validation for the work that they do. I believe if they integrate their professional lives and spiritual lives, they will see how important their work is to God, giving them a greater sense of fulfillment.
As I’m developing through my adult years, I’ve grown to accept, appreciate and love the work I do. For God, my family, and myself.
Sherman, D., & Hendricks, W. (1987). Your Work Matters to God. Colorado Springs: Navpress.
NIV. (2011). Holy Bible. Colossians 3:23.