I’m a software developer by trade. I write the code that runs on your work computer. I’ve written web sites that you may browse to each day. I write the games that some of you may play (well I’m kind of old-school, so perhaps not many people play them). In other words, I sit behind a computer a good part of the day and work on code. BTW: The picture to the left is me early in my career…long hair and all.
Where did I learn the skill? Well I picked up computers as a young boy, working on an old Commodore 64 and writing my first game and first compiler there. I dabbled in the inner workings of the system and made that machine do some crazy things back in the day. Over the years I upgraded my computer and it was a natural fit for me to jump into computer science once I got into college (even though I took a detour into electrical engineering for a few years).
I took a natural shine to it and I think I’m pretty decent at what I do. But really, where do any of us get our skills and talents?
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If the gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently, if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. – Romans 12:6-8
Usually, when I’ve read this verse in the past, I think these are talking about gifts specifically dealing with the ministry field. But, I’ve come to realize that our entire life should be a ministry, whether we work for the church or in a secular environment. We should remember that whatever we do for a career;
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. -Psalm 138:8
Rejoice in our labor
Another thing I’ve recently come to realize comes from a book of the Bible I can say I’ve not read very often.
To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life — that is indeed a gift from God – Ecclesiastes 5:19
The Bible makes it clear that God wants us to enjoy our work. He wants us to be successful;
That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil — this is the gift of God. – Ecclesiastes 3:13
What better way to enjoy your toil, then to do a good job at it and enjoy the gifts and talents God has given to you. God has given me the gift of programming. I should rejoice in that and realize that since God doesn’t make mistakes, He’s taught me all that I know.
So let’s take that a step further. If God has given me the gift and He wants me to do well…..why not ask Him to help me in my work daily? When I come across a difficult problem at work and I’m struggling for a solution, I try and remember that nothing is too difficult for God, who gave me the wisdom that I have. I ask him to join me in my project and ask him to give me the wisdom I need to solve a problem…..it’s amazing that since I’ve been doing that, how much things seems to fall into place.
I love looking back at my day and seeing all the God moments. I wonder if I hadn’t asked Him to join me and asked for his help, how much longer I would have struggled. Problems haven’t gone away. I still sometimes have stressful meetings or projects, but I know that with God, the ultimate programmer, there is no problem I can’t solve.
Whether you’re a programmer or a plumber, whether you do sales for a living or work in management; ask God to come with you to work. Don’t just save your God time for Sunday’s. Invite Him to join you each and every day, each and every moment and see what difference that makes in your life and your career.