Do you really love what you do? I mean really, really, really love what you do?
Like I said in our first Billionaire By-Laws post, I have been studying the habits and characteristics of Christian billionaires. I figure they must know something about money that I don’t. 🙂
One of the billionaires I’ve been studying is David Green, founder of the Hobby Lobby chain of retail stores. He wrote a book entitled “More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Start-Up Became America’s Home & Craft Superstore.” I picked up a copy of his book recently, and I’m loving it so far.
One of the things I noticed immediately is this:
David Green loves his job.
Check out what he said in the very first chapter of this book:
“From the very beginning, I loved the work–and that’s an important point: To succeed in retail, you have to love it. The process of bringing items in, displaying them attractively, and seeing them miraculously change into actual cash in the drawer has to get your blood racing.”
“Has to get your blood racing.”
Just two sentences further on, he wrote, “It’s some of the greatest fun in the world.”
The greatest fun in the world.
I think that’s true about finding success in anything, not just in retail.
In order to do well and be extremely blessed …
… whether it’s in your job, in your ministry, in your occupation and even in your hobbies … you have to do things that get your blood racing. Things that you enjoy. You have to love what you do.
But do you love what you do?
I think that not too many of us do things that make our blood race. Think about it:
Do you do anything with your time that makes your heart beat fast with enthusiasm?
Do you love what you do? Do you do anything you love?
Most people don’t.
Most people are slaving away at the factory, whether at a real factory or a plush, conference-room-leather-chair-teleconferencing-cube-life factory.
Most folks are working at someone else’s dream.
And then they go home and cry at night because they ask why, God, why, and when, God, when? And their hearts break because they know, and they looooong, and they ache to do what they were made to do.
That was me, anyway.
For many years as a younger person and then for nearly 15 years working in the Fortune 500 at a job I was good at, but not made to do.
Nothing about corporate-land made my heart race. I wasn’t called to it. It wasn’t my dream; it wasn’t fulfilling; it only hurt. It hurt my spirit; it hurt my heart; and it made me go home at lunch and cry on my floor more than once.
Is it you too? Do you love what you do?
Or not so much?
Are you watching the hope drain out of your spirit every day as you spend yet another day doing what you’re not called to do?
And if so, what are you going to do about it?
I really believe that your calling contains your prosperity.
It’s no coincidence that Hobby Lobby is a multi-billion-dollar business and that David Green’s net worth is an estimated $6.5 billion. David Green is doing what he was born to do. He’s doing what he’s called to do. He’s honoring God in everything he does, and he’s doing his work with all his might … and God blesses the work of his hand.
Isn’t that what the Bible promises all of us? That if we obey God in everything, which includes:
- obeying His call on our lives;
- honoring Him in everything we do;
- seeking God’s kingdom first; and
- working with all our might, as to the Lord and not unto men …
… then He will bless all the work of our hands?
After all, Deuteronomy 28:8 says:
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
But that promise has a condition, and the condition is that we have to obey God in everything He has commanded us to do.
One problem standing between us and prosperity, however, is that we feel like God’s call on each of our lives is just an added bonus.
Too often, we go through life either surviving–spending our time just making it through, without having the energy to think about our calling–or ignoring God’s call on purpose.
We think of God’s call as something that would be ideal if we get around to it, but we don’t think of it as an obedience vs. disobedience issue.
What we don’t realize is:
When God created each of us, He deposited us in our mother’s womb and said: “Do ____.” He sent us to the earth with a call on our life, and that call is a command.
Of course, our primary call is to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to us. So God spoke those commands to us first and foremost. But in His third sentence, He said to do something else.
To me, He said: “Preach the Word.”
To David Green, He said: “Do retail.”
To my friend Kristina, He said: “Paint from My heart.”
To my friend Eva Conner, one of our fellow Presence-seekers in this community, He said: “Encourage and teach My people how to transform their lives.”
To a man in a nearby city, He said: “Turn tree stumps into art with your chainsaw. You’re going to love doing this, and your work will bring people joy and release the Kingdom.”
To my friend Kara Green, He said: “Write songs and sing prophetic words over My people.”
To another friend of mine, He said: “Do beautiful calligraphy that adds beauty to people’s lives. Beauty is a manifestation of Me.”
God’s call is not an option. It’s actually a command.
And if we aren’t doing whatever He told us to do, we’re in disobedience.
And we can’t be blessed in the way of disobedience.
So what’s the Billionaire By-Law?
Simply this: Do what God has called you to do–and it will be something you love. If you’re in Christ, do what you love.
And where does your prosperity lie?
In the pathway of obedience … when you do what you love.
Are you doing what you love for a living? Or are you bound to something you hate? Are you obeying God in regards to His call on your life?
Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!