Jane Sellman, a commentator on woman’s life, once said, “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” Just as redundant is to speak of practicing Christians. One cannot be a follower of Jesus and not let that belief spill out into every aspect of one’s life. Work is a gift from God. Work, as difficult as it may seem to be at times, was never designed as a punishment from God. Work has always been a part of God’s plan for humanity. As we go through our days at work we need to slow down, open our eyes a little wider, and take a moment here and there to check in with God. As we seek to embrace a healthy spirituality for our life we need to look at our jobs and ask the question if what we are doing is consistent with our faith.
Whatever stage of life we are in, God has work for us to do. Our primary identity as individuals should be rooted in our status as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Yet, we all know that the work we do influences our sense of identify and self worth considerably. We would be wise to make sure that we anchor our employment in a divine perspective that will nourish our spirituality and not starve it. Whether we are stay-at-home mothers, retired, or between jobs, there is never a point where we can hang up our hats and just let other people serve Christ and work for the transformation of the world.
When you say yes to Jesus, you say yes to a way of life that never ends. Retirement is not a part of the spiritual journey until you pass from this world to be with God. In retirement you might slow down your workload or have greater freedom to do what you want, but you should consider what God is calling you to do during this last third of your life. The truth about Christian living is that it is a calling to a full-time life that encompasses every aspect of your being. You will invest a sizable chunk of your life in spending time at work. It’s critical for your spiritual health that you seek to align your employment with your spirituality.