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I wrote this post on Tuesday for ChristianPF.com and it was picked up by Crosswalk.com...

80% of Americans feel unhappy and unfulfilled in their work, according to researcher and best-selling author Marcus Buckingham. Are you one of them?

In a 2009 address at the Global Leadership Summit, the former Gallup researcher and author of Now, Discover Your Strengths and Standout, said that the number of unfulfilled workers had been on the increase – up from 70% the year before.

From my work as a pastor and life coach, I could have easily guessed that a large percentage of Americans felt that they worked in meaningless jobs that didn’t match their purpose and calling in life.

But eight out of ten people? How sad, especially since the scriptures tell us that God wants us to find enjoyment in our work.  In fact, it was King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, who observed . . . .

“That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 3:13 NIV

If King Solomon was correct in saying that God intends for each person to find pleasure and meaning in his or her work, but only 20% of Americans actually do the work they love, what gives?

Is God playing some kind of cruel trick on the 80% who hate their work? Is he punishing them for something?  Or are they just missing something somewhere?”

One day, after thinking and praying about how finding enjoyment and pleasure in our work could be considered a gift from God, I had an “A-ha” moment as I focused on the nature of the word “gift.”

I asked myself . . . .

“What if God does give each of us meaningful and pleasurable work as a gift . . . but few people ever take the time to look for the gift or receive it?”

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Comment by Rich Avery on October 11, 2012 at 12:47pm

Lesley, thanks for sharing your comment!  Keep moving in the direction of your calling and dream!

Comment by Lesley Morrison on October 10, 2012 at 5:51pm
Ann & Rich - That's the exact thing I struggle with heading towards every day. I do what I'm "supposed" to do each day while I work towards doing what I was "meant" to do.
Comment by Rich Avery on October 8, 2012 at 9:54pm

Rob, thanks so much for sharing your comment!

Comment by Robert Clinton on October 7, 2012 at 10:19am

Rich, well done. Yes, the statistics are amazing in the area of calling with how many people don't enjoy their work. That self introspection really needs to be an intentional thing. If we truly seek it, not sulk in what's missing, but truly seek our purpose, we will find it.

Comment by Rich Avery on October 5, 2012 at 12:37pm

Hey Ann and Jen, thanks so much for your comments...and encouragement!!

Comment by Ann Musico on October 5, 2012 at 9:51am

Beautifully done - and congratulations.  "It isn’t necessarily about doing the work we went to school for or the career our parents wanted for us. It’s about finding and doing the work God uniquely created us to do."  That is the bottom line, isn't it?

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on October 5, 2012 at 5:05am

awesome post Rich - just left a comment on your website.

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