Stop Hating Your Job

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Family Devotional Adults 4-23-17

Family Devotional Kids 4-23-17


Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

1. Primary Statement

Half of all Americans dislike their job. Many stay-at-home parents and retirees feel depressed and unfulfilled. Why? Because we’ve forgotten that work is a blessing from God. 

2.Bible Verse & Talking Point

Colossians 3:23 (NIV) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for  human masters.”

Whatever you do…

God designed us for meaningful work, whether that takes the form of an employee, a homemaker, a retiree… even those who are physically disabled or homebound. Whatever season of life you’re in, God has designed and called you to be active and accomplish things, from earning a paycheck, to raising children, to sharing the wisdom you’ve gained.

Genesis 2:15 (NLT) “The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.”

Q. What sort of work do you think it was tending to the Garden?

Q. Was God’s purpose to improve Adam’s quality of life, or to make it more challenging?

Q. Does meaningful work still have a quality of life benefit to humans, or has modern technology and society made it irrelevant?

3. Application

 

Work at it with all your heart…

Work is a blessing from God! Yes, it’s hard (because of sin), but we don’t do it just for benefits or obligations in this world. When we apply ourselves and work hard at the task God has given us, we honor Him, our True Boss. On the flip-side, laziness and half-effort in work is disrespectful to the God who called us and blessed us with a job to do.

Romans 12:11 (NLT) “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”

Q. What are the blessings you feel in the job / activity God’s given you in this season of your life?

Q. What are the challenges that make it hard work?

4. Wrap up Discussion

What could you change this week about your effort or attitude that would honor God?

5. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and ask God to help you be thankful for your job and honor Him by working hard.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Activity

Ask your child to imagine what his/her dream job would be. What would a work day be like? What would they wear to work? What kind of location would they work in? Get their imagination working- the more vivid the imagery, the better. Depending on your child’s age, try asking them to draw a picture of them at their dream job or to role play as their future employed self.

2. Bible Verse

Colossians 3:23 (NIV) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

3. Application & Talking Point

Q. Is this week’s Bible verse just for adults who work jobs? (no!)

God wants everyone to give their very best and work hard at whatever they do. For adults, that’s working a job, taking care of the house, volunteering, sharing wisdom, and things like that. You have a job, too – right now! (Ask your child to guess what it is.)

Your job is to learn!

Learn in school, learn at church, learn right now. It’s important to God that you try your best to learn. Pay attention in school, memorize Bible verses, learn how to load the dishwasher or sweep the floor. When we try hard at our job, it honors (define this word) God. It’s a way for us to say “thanks” to Him for blessing us.

Q. What does it look like when kids don’t try hard at school? 

Q. What does it look like when they do?

Q. If you build good work habits now, will it help you do better when you grow up and have an adult job?

4. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family and ask God to help you be thankful for your job, and honor Him by working hard.

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