Do you hate your job?
It’s a valid question. According to this USA Today report, 70% of Americans dislike their job, are disengaged, uninspired, or just hate their job. Some have a case of the Monday’s every day while others just roam the halls and spread their version of grumpy to every one.
Is this is all there is? Are we just stuck? Is there any hope? How do the other 30% live?
- How much does it pay? I remember growing up and considering what job could make me the most money. It’s all about those Benjamin’s, right? I had settled on something in the medical field. I took the courses in HS necessary to get into pre-med in college. When we teach our kids that money is the object, we sell them short. Money IS important. We cannot pay our bills without it, unless your utility company is taking chickens. If it is, let me know! The point is that when we make money the sole reason for choosing a path, then we will never be happy.
- What skills do you have? Do you remember taking the ASVAB? Everyone in our High School took it, or at least that’s what they told me! This assessment tool is designed to provide career guidance for students. The skills you have, or have developed, can be an indicator. Yet, just because I can do something does not mean I want to do that for the rest of my life.
In our culture, these are the 2 questions most people ask. For this reason, I believe most people are not happy in their job. It is treated as an obligation more than an opportunity, a career more than a calling. God has the best job in mind for you.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Have you considered asking God what job is best for you? If we are going to walk by faith and not by sight, then it is critical that we do so in our job path. Have you listened to the call of God? This sense of calling has been traditionally reserved for the vocational minister, but I would refute this notion. God has a job plan for everyone and it will bring you the greatest satisfaction.
Working in the field that makes the most money will not bring you lasting satisfaction. Working in the field that best suits your current skill-set will not bring satisfaction either. If you hate your job, and 70% of Americans do, you might seriously consider spending time with God and finding out what He wants and go obey.