Can’t stand your job?
TRUST ME – I’ve been there.
Over the years I’ve had a lot of jobs. From ages 16 to 26 I worked somewhere between 18-20 jobs. And I didn’t like most of them.
Sure, it would always start out fun and exciting, you get to learn something new, meet new people, hopefully the job provided some kind of opportunity for advancement and promotion…
But then the same thing would always happen.
I’d get the angry-barf feeling.
It’s the one in the pit of your stomach you get when your alarm goes off in the morning and you start to think about what your day is going to be like. It’s a mix of wanting to barf and also anger because you have to go spend your precious time doing something you just plain don’t want to do.
You know, the angry-barf feeling.
So what do we do about it?
Do we just quit and go find something else?
Maybe. But probably not. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to find that answer.
The first thing I want you to do is get up early and take some time alone and really ask yourself these questions: (actually do this)
- What am I doing at this job?
- Why did I choose this job? (Did God direct me here, or was this my own idea?)
- Can this job help me reach my end goal?
See, here’s the thing about jobs, (and I’m mainly speaking to those who are out of school and working full time) is you spend most of your time, most of your energy, most of your life, AT YOUR JOB.
I know that sounds obvious, but I think about it: Your place of employment (plus the commute!) gets to have you more than your family does. More than your wife or husband or friends. It gets to have you more than your leisure time, more than your bed, more than anything.
Oh, and don’t forget all the mental energy you spend thinking about your job. After hours and on the weekends, you talk about it, complain about it, gripe about the boss, or the hours, or what Sheila said about you, or the extra project you have to work on but don’t get paid for…
Your job is the majority shareholder of your precious time and energy.
Now, that’s only a depressing thought if you are working somewhere you’re NOT SUPPOSED TO BE.
We are all meant to “work.” We were created to work, to produce, to bear fruit. We are here to accomplish an assignment.
Check out Ephesians 2:10 in the Amplified Bible: “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
It says the whole reason we were born again in Christ is to do those GOOD WORKS which God planned beforehand. So that we would take the paths He prepared for us. He even says that when we take those paths we will live the good life He’s made ready for us to live!
I realized I didn’t need to be job-hopping and paycheck chasing to find fulfillment and live the good life, I just needed to get on the path God has made ready for me!
And I’ve found that is exactly what happens. When we get in God’s perfect will for our lives, when we get in that job, or that place God has for us, when we get on His path – that’s when life gets good! And I mean really good!
In the past I spent most of my energy trying to blaze my own path. I’d get a money-making idea (some of them were really good ideas) and I’d run with it. I’d put in a ton of time, energy, effort and money into these business ideas and I would see little in return. Or sometimes my ideas would actually start making some money only for me to realize I didn’t really even want to do this thing. Even if it was successful it would soon turn into the angry-barf feeling all over again.
Your next steps to the good life
If I’ve just described you and your situation, don’t worry. There is hope.
God sees where you’re at and He wants to turn that situation around for you. Either by getting you into a new job, or showing you a new perspective and attitude towards your current one.
I got tired of “digging dry wells.”
Here’s what to do:
- Seek God’s will here. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” – Take some time and seek His will in all you do. “All you do” definitely includes your job. Do this, patiently listen, and He will show you which path to take. (Remember the “paths” from Ephesians 2:10?)
- While seeking the Lord, do an OVER THE TOP amazing job at your current place of employment. Colossians 3:23-24 gives some great advice: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Simply pretend Jesus is your employer. If He were looking over your shoulder, how would that change the way you work? (I bet you’d definitely be the top performer in your office – which brings raises, promotions, and advancement!)
- Have an aggressive patience until you get your direction. Hebrews 10:35 says, “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” – Patient endurance is an action. It comes with an expectant, hope-filled attitude. It’s what you need now. It will help you continue to do God’s will and then you’ll receive the promise.
The results and what to expect
Once I learned about this, I decided this would be my new way of making decisions. (Seeking God’s will vs. me depending on my own understanding)
I applied this 3 step approach and the results were amazing.
I simply asked God about it. I prayed, “God, am I at the job you want me to be at right now? Am I on that prearranged, good life path? Because I want to be. I ask you to do whatever is necessary to get me in the place you want me to be in. And if you want me to stay here, then I thank you that you will give me the grace I need to enjoy this job, become great at it, and excel.”
Then I got quiet. I listened. I didn’t get a clear answer right away, but I did get this “knowing” that my season at that job was coming to the end. I just knew I wouldn’t be there a whole lot longer.
It didn’t happen fast, but after several months, I got the greenlight from the Lord to transition out. He lined up everything I needed, there were no hard feelings or bridges burned from that employer, everything was easy and smooth and good for all parties involved.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a big step of faith. It tooks some guts, but once I had the greenlight from the Lord, it really was easy.
And as some of you know my story, things went really well after that! – Why? Because I got on the path of the good life God had made ready for me!
Follow these steps and stay strong. You can do this. Don’t mentally “check out” at your current job. You’ll find that if you put your all into your job, God will give you the grace you need to stay there until the time is right.
After you’ve prayed and sought the Lord on this, and you feel like you’re supposed to remain at your current job (either for a little while, or for a long while) then I want you to read this next:
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