The past few weeks I have had to work on a few things that have not been the most enjoyable. Some of the projects seem like busy work, others require editing, and still others are just tedious. I find it really hard to see purpose in work that is just boring and that I have no interest doing. When I have those jobs on my plate that just need to get done, I find that I get distracted quickly with just about anything. Oh did you see this really funny YouTube clip of the Queen's Guardsman yelling at a tourist?
My experience isn't unique. We all have these times in our work that seemingly drag on. No matter how much we love every part of our job, there are always tasks that make us wish we could do something else. There are also some times when we take a job where that is the everyday experience. Waking up and going to work is laborious. There is nothing enjoyable about it.
What do we do when we either have a project in front of us or our current job is a struggle to get through? I can often fall into the trap of just looking for distractions to keep me entertained and put off doing the hard work. However, that's not the answer. What is the answer? What should be our response to having to do tedious and boring tasks at work? For many people the response is that we should get out of that situation and "follow our passion." But I am following my passion and still find things in this new situation that I do not enjoy.
I think Moses gives us to the answer to this question. In Psalm 90:17 he says, "Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes establish the work of our hands!" Moses gives us a prayer to pray. When we have the different duties of our calling in front of us, we turn to the Lord and ask him to establish this work. We may not particularly enjoy it. Praying this may not make the task easier, but what it does do is change our perspective. We no longer are looking at ourselves and the work, annoyed that we have to get it done. We look to the Lord and ask him to establish the work in front of us. We ask him to use it for his glory. We realize that the Lord gave us the task that we are to complete, and he will establish and glorify himself through it.
Well, I should probably stop writing and get to the work that I have been putting off. "Oh Lord establish the works of my hands."