I don’t have such a long work expe­ri­ence along­side with the achieve­ments that I could brag to you, but let me tell you this — I learned work the hard way.

I start­ed enter­ing the cor­po­rate world 6 years ago. It was 2010. I land­ed a job I don’t like. I drag myself every Mon­day, I was com­plain­ing.

I hat­ed my boss, I hat­ed my office, I hat­ed all of them. I won­der if I was real­ly called for a cor­po­rate job.

I have been rep­ri­mand­ed many times because of my mis­takes that pro­voked me a lot of times to quit, but what would I get If I quit? I will be on a quest of apply­ing for a job again in which I don’t like to do yet.

Dur­ing the course of my strug­gles try­ing to fit myself in a cor­po­rate world, God taught me a few lessons the hard way, and here are they:

1. The gifts that I employ in my work comes from God and belongs to God.

Work is not about achiev­ing the Amer­i­can Dream. It is not also about apply­ing the abil­i­ties you have to achieve the life you dreamed of.

Work is a reg­u­lar place that called you to be a good stew­ard of his gifts, oppor­tu­ni­ties and abil­i­ties He has giv­en you.

When God gave Adam a work, He called him to took care of the Gar­den and that was before the dev­il deceived Eve. Hence, work is a bless­ing and not should be treat­ed as a curse.

2. The time I invest in work belongs to the Lord.

I thank God for call­ing me to work in a place where time is flex­i­ble. I can take a break any­time I want and I can go out of office when­ev­er I can.

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There are times when we are so pre­oc­cu­pied with our jobs, we take grant­ed the things that mat­ter.

When I ren­dered over­time, it sig­ni­fies that the time my com­pa­ny entrust­ed to me was not enough.

Before, I thought I need­ed more than 24 hours, but I real­ized we all have 24 hours, but why some peo­ple are able to fin­ish their work on time? I know some peo­ple who are so busy with but they able to strike a bal­ance in their lives.

I learned that small holes can sink a ship. I have 8 hours to work yet, I am not ful­ly using it just to work, work and work.

I believe there are three cat­e­gories of our lives we should strike a bal­ance with.

- Spir­i­tu­al
— Family/Self
— Work

Let say I have 8 to 10 hours to work. The moment I exceed 10 hours work­ing, my life is not already bal­anced, because I am mak­ing my career or busi­ness an idol if I spend more time on it than God.

I should take own­er­ship of my time, so I have enough time to spend on oth­er things.

How can I be a good stew­ard if I don’t use my time in the work­place wise­ly?

The time I have belongs to the Lord. So wher­ev­er I am, I should be faith­ful to it.

3. I am called to live some­thing big­ger than myself.

As a mil­len­ni­al, I aspire for suc­cess, title, and recog­ni­tion. I once believed in a lie that I am called to be great.

And so, I stretched myself out. I am afraid to be left out. If there is a pro­mo­tion oppor­tu­ni­ty, I make sure that I will have it. Nev­er­the­less, work taught me that even I think I did great among the oth­ers, there will still be some­one who will exceed what you have achieved.

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Being suc­cess­ful is not about being at the cen­ter. I learned that I am not at the cen­ter of things, God is.

I am not called to be suc­cess­ful but I was called to be faith­ful. I have been called to help to build a king­dom that is not my own. A king­dom that will nev­er be shak­en.

I am called to build some­thing that is eter­nal and no one can take it away from me.

Suc­cess is not about how well I’ve been able to build my lit­tle king­dom but about the degree to which I’ve done for the ser­vice of a great King.

4. It is all by the grace of God.

No mat­ter how work can bring so much stress in my life, with God’s grace I can find every­thing I need in Him.

My work life with His grace can now become an expres­sion of wor­ship to Him and not wor­ry.

That pro­mo­tion comes from the Lord and not from my boss or any­one.

For it is not the one who com­mends him­self who is approved, but the one whom the Lord com­mends.” 2 Corinthi­ans 10:18 (ESV)

5. God is my CEO.

Mil­lenials like me are hun­gry for suc­cess. We want to be the CEO in less than a year, we grind all the way up to rush our­selves to achieve that lev­el of suc­cess.

How­ev­er, there’s some­thing wrong about it. Being a CEO is not bad but mak­ing oth­er peo­ple decide for your life and des­tiny make them being your CEO.

With­out con­sult­ing God and hon­or­ing Him in every area of our lives we are mak­ing our­selves a CEO.

I learned that God is my CEO. Rec­og­niz­ing God is my CEO will pre­vent me from being enti­tled of my achieve­ments, will pre­vent me from pleas­ing oth­er peo­ple. He is my boss. He takes the shot.

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