Below are four timeless principles to remember in your work.
1. Remember that if you want to Earn More, you have to Learn More
I’m not just talking about formal eduction (although, that can be an important aspect of it). Look at your job as a training ground for the next chapter of your life. Learn all you can from whoever will teach you. Read books. Listen to podcasts. Find mentors. Keep learning. If you want to move up or move on, you have to outgrow your job and that doesn’t happen automatically because of time. You have to be intentional and disciplined to keep growing. Don’t just talk about it or dream about it…do it!
2. Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.
You’re going to have coworkers and bosses who aren’t very respectable, but you still need to show them respect. Don’t sink to their level. Rise above. Change the environment; don’t let the environment change you.
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:17-18
3. Save your best for the people who matter most
We’ve all been guilty of having a bad day at work and then being a jerk to our families afterwards. Try to never do that again. Your job isn’t nearly as important as your family. On your deathbed, you won’t be thinking about your boss or your co-workers, you’ll be thinking about your faith and your family. They’re what matters most, so give them your very best (not just your leftovers after you’ve given your best to everyone else all day).
4. Remember who you’re working for
If you have a mindset that you’re just working for “The Man” or for a boss, you’re always going to be frustrated. The truth is that wherever you’re working, and whatever you’re doing, you’re working for God. He loves you and He’s for you. Let your hard work be a reflection of your Faith and your hard work will honor God and inspire the people around you.
This article was originally published on Patheos.