Advice Columns

Make Christ your career counselor

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I don’t hate my job, but sometimes I hear people talking about how much they love their work, and it makes me wonder if I should’ve done something else. Did I fail to listen to God when I was choosing my career? — A.J.


Today is Labor Day in the United States, a day when we honor all those who’ve made our nation great through their work. We sometimes see work as a burden (and it can be), but our work is important to God; even in the Garden of Eden God gave Adam work to do (see Genesis 2:15). Work gives dignity and meaning to our lives, and helps us make the world a better place.

Did you choose the wrong career? (In other words, are you in the wrong place?) I don’t know, but I doubt it. God might lead you to another career as the years go by, but the important thing is for you to thank him for the job you have now, and ask him to help you be the best worker you can be. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).

Remember, Jesus worked as a carpenter most of his life, and if the son of God didn’t find it demeaning to work with his hands, neither should we. And how good do you suppose his work was? When he built a cabinet, did the doors not quite fit or the handles not quite match? When he laid the foundation of a new house, did he use shoddy materials or cheat those who hired him? No, of course not. Commit your life to him, and then let him be your example in everything, including your work.