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December 28, 2009

God's Secret to Contentment at Work

Voice of Faith Magazine, Winter 2009

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Article by: Heather Goodman

“I don’t deserve to be treated like this,” the patient yelled at me.

Neither did I.

“If the doctor is running late, I should be called. Don’t you know that I have better things to do with my time?”

Didn’t he know that I had better things to do with mine?

Just look at my degree. I should be exegeting Ephesians and

dazzling the audience with my brilliance.

After four years of all-nighters, Greek and Hebrew translations, and theological games of “Luther says,” I hung my masters of theology shingle on the door and was ready—to take a job as a medical receptionist. How was this work going to further God’s kingdom? My friends were thriving in their ministries and businesses, glowing as God used them. My purpose-driven life, on the other hand, had screeched to a halt. I was disappointed with my work, and I began to resent my coworkers and patients.

However, God was not done with my education, and his classroom was this office.

These days, liberal arts degrees are used more often to answer phones than to wax Shakespearean. Many find contentment and meaning in their job is a rare thing indeed. In fact, Paul describes contentment as a secret, something not everyone comes by.

In Philippians, Paul beckons his listeners so that they crouch close, striving to hear his whispers. “I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing,” he says.

Secret, eh? The audience leans in nearer.

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