“I won’t put my heart into it until I get a job I like.” You may have heard this said, or perhaps even said it yourself. And if you’re a Christian, you’ll continue to pray for God to give you a job you really like so you can put your heart into it and show him what you can do. The unfortunate reality is that your prayer will most likely not be answered. Why not? Well, it’s like this: if you don’t do well with what you have, why would anybody, including God, give you more?

If you don’t make a good sweeper, you likely won’t make a good president either. Would you promote someone who’s giving only a half-hearted effort to the job at hand, and give that person a job of greater responsibility? Not likely!

So what does it take to get a job you like? It’s simple: learn to like the job you have! And how do you do that? By giving it your all! Satisfaction and enjoyment come not so much from specific kinds of task, but from committed effort—something you can bring to any task. I’m not saying it will be easy, but doing it will bring you God’s blessing, and will produce self-respect, self-confidence, and future growth. In short: happiness of a kind that half-hearted folks never experience. Moreover, it will also lead to recognition, which in turn is likely to lead to promotion.

So do it! Put your whole heart into your work now—whatever it is—and find personal pride and satisfaction, God’s blessing, and greater opportunity. It’s up to you.

Just remember:

There’s no thrill in easy sailing,

When the sky is clear and blue;

There’s no joy in merely doing

Things which anyone can do.

But there is some satisfaction

That is mighty sweet to take,

When you’ve reached a destination

That you thought you couldn’t make.

 —Author unknown