Have you ever told yourself, “I hate my job!”
Do you dread the thought of waking up each morning and going to work?
Do you ever fantasize of having your dream job – the one that you would really enjoy doing and get paid a lot of money for doing it?
For most of us, this isn’t the case. According to a Gallup Survey, a massive 85% of people hate their job. In fact, it could be rare to find people who have their dream job. Instead, we are stuck with a job that we really don’t like and if given the chance to quit, we will quit.
However, we have bills to pay, family to feed, and goals to achieve. We are forced to work because if we don’t work, we will end up becoming a burden to society.
So, as Christians or followers of Christ, what should we do when we hate our job? I believe this is an important issue we need to tackle. After all, we spend a significant time of our life doing our work.
In this post, let me share with you 5 things you can do when you hate your job.
No. 1: Do your best in our work
While it is true that it is difficult to do our best when we don’t like what we are doing, we should still do our best. Why? King Solomon tells us:
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
The company whom we are working for is still paying us to do a job regardless if we like the job or not. It would be a form of stealing, which breaks the Eighth Commandment if we don’t do the job we are hired for.
For this reason, as long as you are employed, you still need to do your best because it is the right thing to do.
No. 2: Work as if you are working for God
Aside from giving our best in our work, the Bible reveals that we must do it as if we are doing it for God. We read in Colossians 3:23:
Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Part of fearing God is doing our work in the best we could. Since we are doing our job for God, we do it in the sincerity of heart. We don’t work because we want to impress our boss and other people. We work because we know that it is God who gives us the reward of the inheritance.
If God could see that we are able to perform our earthly duty, how much more would He also grant us the privilege to do the work in His Future Kingdom, right?
So, if hate your job, just think that you are doing it for God. Let it be a form of worship to Him who rewards our labor and hard work.
No. 3: Pray about your Job
If you hate your job, pray about it. Ask God to grant you a better and more positive perspective. We read in Philippians 4:6:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
The Apostle Paul is telling us that we must be anxious for nothing. It includes not being anxious or troubled in our job. Instead of worrying about and hating our job, present it to God.
Ask God to help you identify what’s causing you to hate your job and see if you can do something about it. Perhaps, you hate your job because of a co-employee or your boss, then try to talk to them.
If you hate what you’re doing, maybe you can ask your boss to transfer you to another station. If you hate your job because of the low pay, then improve your work to the point that asking for a raise is reasonable. If you are simply tired and want to take a break, ask for leave or vacation.
Ask God for wisdom to handle your situation and I’m sure, He will help you gain the necessary insight to improve how you look at your job.
This post originally appeared on BecomingChristians.com and was republished with permission. The article was written by Joshua Infantado.
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