“For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.”Jim Collins
Have you ever thought about this? I have on many occasions. I do not want to get to the end of my life and think wow that was wasted. There are three aspects to this quote and I am going to cover them backwards.
Does your work bring meaning to your life? Any one can find meaning in any job. A janitor can find meaning in his job if he is doing it for the right reason. A doctor will not find meaning if they are just doing it for money and not because they care about making people better. Meaning in your work comes from your attitude towards your job.
A meaningful job gives meaning to your life but it’s not everything. There are other things that give meaning to your life. Your life outside of work gives meaning. What you do for fun and your family makes you who you are.
God also gives you meaning to your life. You are created in His image. God has designed you to be unique and to be who you are. All of us need to follow the will of God for our lives. This will bring more meaning to our lives than anything else. It will make our vision for our lives clear.
If you live out a meaningful life, you have lived a great life. Life without meaning is mundane. It is boring. Make sure you have a purpose no matter how small or big and live your life on purpose.