Doing Your Best

My first job was at the Factory Card and Party Outlet now known as Party City. I was 16 years old in a relatively small town, Newport News, VA. I grew up with a very spiritual sense of who I was. Click To Tweet Oddly, this was not something that my parents instilled in me. They never attended a church service or encouraged me to do so either. I started having a strong curiosity about the world I lived in at the early age of 7, and from that moment I started to attend church regularly via the “church bus” that came through my neighborhood. I learned many different things from being a part of this group, but one of the principles that has stuck with me forever is covered in Colossians 3:23.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.

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When I was working at Party City we were charged with stocking, merchandising, talking to customers, and please do not let me forget the balloon orders. I’ve probably blown up at least 1,000 balloons in my life. The days were long. I spent about 6 hours on my feet making $6.35/hour. Most days I was exhausted since I was still in high school at the time, but I was so pressed to be out of the house and doing something productive. On the days that I felt tired or felt like I wanted to do a mediocre job I was always reminded of the scripture. It guilted me into doing the right thing every single time, and it served me well. I ended up transferring to another store in Baltimore, MD where they informed me that I was a part of an all star team in Newport News. Unbeknownst to me, we had record breaking numbers and were considered the highest rated store in the entire company.

Now I have obviously come a long way from $6.35 days. Thanks to my faith and this scripture I have achieved the level of success that I had always intended for 28 years old. Everything I touch from cleaning my kitchen down to creating and launching this blog has been worked on with all of my heart as if I was doing it for the Lord. Not for myself or anyone else. I recognize that not everyone has the same Christian values that I have, however; the same principle can be applied to any spiritual doctrine. If you work on everything you touch as if your higher power was your boss I can guarantee you your mind set will change. If you put your whole heart into doing the best job every time you will win. Click To Tweet

The benefits of adopting this scripture and applying it to your daily life will allow you to live with minimal regrets. When you have worked on something to the best of your ability there is little room for regret. Click To Tweet When you’ve done all you could do to achieve a goal and you fail, you are far less likely to feel guilty or defeated. From the time that you wake up in the morning until the time you decide to rest you should aim to create, do, accomplish, love, clean, and work as if you were working for something much greater than yourself.

Laura

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