Have you ever talked with someone who really loves their job, speaks highly of people they work with, and talks about never wanting to quit?
These folks are like Big Foot, every once in a while, someone will claim they’ve encountered one. Our experiences tell us that these folks are but a myth. But I’m here to say that I recently chatted with someone who came to visit me at my office who said the following. “Pastor Bryan, whenever I’m at work I feel God’s presence.” This “Big Foot” continued, declaring, “Actually, I feel I’m most connected with God there than most places. Work is rewarding, I feel alive there.” I was so blessed to hear these words, then I was afraid for my life, what if this Big Foot now tosses me over its shoulder and takes me into the woods? I’m not sure what I’m more afraid of, Big Foot or the woods (nature). Anyways, I digress.
Needless to say, I was blown away. I scurried about looking for something to help me capture this moment. As the Sasquatch continued going on and on about God and Work, I wondered quietly to myself, "what made this creature feel this way?" Then it came out, like a gush of ketchup that pours out after having shaken it violently, the Sasquatch said, “I’m grateful for my job.”
Maybe this Big Foot had spent too much time sniffing pine cones but I believe it was on to something, perhaps this creature had seen something we too often ignore or forget.
You see, this Christian had chosen to see the world,
or more specifically its occupation,
through the lens of gratitude,
with the faith of a missionary,
and the worldview of sacred-real-estate.
- This Sasquatch understood that work is a blessing from God. (We'll explore this idea on this blog)
- This Sasquatch approached work with the love of a missionary, seeing all co-workers and clients as people it was sent to love and share the Good News with. (We'll dig into this thought more on this blog)
- This Sasquatch believed that the workplace could also be a place where God is present, it is a "holy ground" because God is there with us. (We'll chew on this idea further here on this blog)
"Big Foots" exist. The question for you and I is this, if work is truly good if work is worth working on if God truly intends to meet us at work - then why am I not experiencing my 9 to 5 this way? Perhaps in God’s eyes and in God’s ecosystem, we are the Big Foots; the legend of the grumpy, complaining creature in God’s good creation.
as you enter your workplace,
be a freak of nature,
be a Sasquatch.