Why Do You Work…Really?

by | Feb 19, 2015

It’s a pretty logical question. Maybe one we rarely stop and ask ourselves. Why are we working…really?

How would you answer the question?

Most of us become adsorbed in our day to day. We are consumed by the magnitude of the work. By the desire to succeed. There are financial needs (wants?) that drive us. There is a competitive spirit to win. The desire to please our boss. To uphold the innate pride that comes with being viewed as successful. I could go on…

At some point in the middle of the pursuit of me, we get confronted with a situation at work. It’s an opportunity to do the right thing. But it could impact the very things we think we work for.

Years ago, there was a woman of great power and success. You might say she worked in the Government sector. You could argue with some of the moral compromises she made to get in that seat of power, but that’s where God had her. Then came her moment of truth. Does she speak to her boss (the King) about the atrocities that are about to take place against her team (Jewish people)? Or does she quietly look the other way, ensuring not only her place in the organization (Queen), but also her very life?

Like most great leaders, Esther had good counsel. Her relative Mordecai, shared his now well-known coaching when he said, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

To see how the story ends, I encourage you to read the entire story. It is loaded with biblical leadership principles. And, if you want to go even deeper, start a Workmatters Study in your office using our Maximize Your Influence study.

But the bigger questions is this… do you have a greater purpose for why you work? Are you willing to trust God that he may have put you right where you are for such a time as this?

Think about it. Pray about it. Be ready for your Esther moment.

Closing the Gap Together,


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David Roth

David Roth has been the president and CEO of Workmatters since October, 2003. Workmatters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a mission is to help people pursue God’s purpose for their work. Since then, Workmatters has been used to impact thousands of leaders in Northwest Arkansas and across the U.S. Prior to leading Workmatters, Mr. Roth was vice president, sales and marketing for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Before joining J.B. Hunt in 1999, David was the senior vice president of marketing for Manugistics, a supply chain management software provider in Maryland and vice president of marketing for American Software in Atlanta, Ga. He also has nine years of supply chain management experience with McKesson Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. and Harrison, Ark. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas. He resides in Fayetteville, Ark. with his wife, Theresa and has two sons, Dylan and Tyler.