I remember my late grandmother asking me this question about my job after I had worked just a few months full-time at Camp of Champions. I don't remember the actual response I gave her, but I remember internally thinking:
It seemed like a bit much to commit to my first full-time job as my "life work", especially since I hadn't even been at it for a whole year.
If she asked me that question today I think I would answer differently. I think I would say:
"Yes, what I'm doing right now is my life work. I'm all in. I want to do the best possible job I can. I can't see myself doing anything else."
You'd be missing the point of this post if you thought this was about Camp of Champions. (Breathe a sigh of relief fellow COCUSA staff, you're not stuck with me forever!)What changed for me is not my attitude toward my present place of employment, but my attitude toward life and work in general.
What's the point of doing something (anything!) if it's not your life work? I may not be doing this job forever, but for as long as I am, it's my life work.
Someday God may call me to a new position, a new place of employment or a new life setting. When that time comes, I truly want to say: "This is my life work. I'm all in. I want to do the best possible job I can. I can't see myself doing anything else."
How about you? Is this your life work?
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Re-posted from December 2011. A great reminder for me personally as we head into 2013.