Although I was learning new skills through Barista training and had to manage events I had never managed before, at first I thought it was bit too easy... I was in a position where it seemed to be easy to relax, sit back and coast through my last season here in YWAM.
Compared to how challenged I felt year ago in my work with The Initiative Production Company, I didn't feel very challenged in this new position. It actually felt really nice!
But... I was coasting. Just getting by. And this is something I was struggling with in my previous position as well. Maybe I had gotten complacent.
However recently as a café team we have been listening to inspiring podcasts by entrepreneurs who put their values before their profit and had conversations about taking ownership of the café.
It made me start to think of ways in which I could take ownership of my responsibilities and tasks at our café. Taking ownership means making a task, project or job your own and taking pride in how well it is taken care of or carried out.
It can be something as small as using your down time on a shift to look for spots to clean, to practice a skill like making latté art, or some other beneficial task instead of just chilling out on your phone.
It can be something as big as taking on the challenge of improving an event like Porchlight Sessions (our concert events in the café) and at the same time using less resources and less man hours.
I have been challenging myself to stop coasting at my workplace, doing the minimum or doing things the same way they've always been done. In this process I have started to enjoy my work more. Looking for ways to improve things and making my work experience as "new" as I can gives me greater purpose.
I believe God cares about our work and how we do it. In scripture, Paul said to work like you are working for God and not for men.
What ever it may look like for you to take ownership of your work, I encourage you to do it. Work is meant to be so much more than a means of putting bread on the table and we are the ones who make it so!