Monday Morning Motivation

What gets you out of bed on Monday morning to go to work? What motivates you to persevere in a job you don’t enjoy, that doesn’t reward you adequately?

I posed these questions to Matt Perman, blogger and author of the forthcoming What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Changes the Way You Get Things Done. We discussed how jobs afford us opportunities to love our neighbors, and how we each multitasked during repetitive work to learn about God and concentrate on his Word.

Especially if you’re struggling at work, you’ll want to hear Perman explain the doctrine of vocation, which invests everything we do with meaning, because we’re living out a God-giving calling. Whether a pastor or plumber, we work in faith as unto God himself (Colossians 3:23-24). Perman explains how even garbage collectors can apply this doctrine to make their work more interesting, challenging, and fulfilling.

  • Keith

    I totally agree with this video, and I actually worked on a garbage truck for a period and for me it was the most physically demanding job I have ever had to perform, yet I really felt like I was being a true servant to the community. And because I oftentimes got to work alongside correctional facility inmates I constantly prayed that God would use me to be a witness for Christ. And I agree with what was said about being innovative and creative in the workplace, its par of our job as image bearers of God to create and organize and cultivate. So much can be said about this doctrine of vocation, I truly hope to see more post concerning it.

  • Dave Sarafolean

    I was disappointed in the video. Too much was left unsaid. Everything we do ought to be motivated by doing it to the glory of God. That really wasn’t stated. I heard lots of law and little Gospel.

    The Lutherans have written much on the doctrine of vocation. I didn’t hear a single reference to their understanding. Has the author interacted with some of their writings?

    • Collin Hansen

      It is true that 10 minutes will not suffice to say everything that can or even must be said about vocation. I suspect Perman will be able to expand on these preliminary thoughts, in part by interacting with the Lutherans, in his book-length treatment.

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  • Scott

    Good stuff and now I am intrigued by the book.

    Just a suggestion to the interviewer: you don’t need to say “okay” every couple of seconds. It becomes very distracting when trying to listen to the interviewee’s complete thoughts.

  • Chris

    One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Here is a great story about doing much with little:

    Jose created a network of libraries in Bogota from the discarded books he found. I have to say, some work is “rewarding in itself” but all work must lead to a reward for real satisfaction, monetary or otherwise. Jose found more in recreating “trash” and providing for others.

    The returns on work are something to consider too, not just the work. Fruit and prosperity are important.

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