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Friday, May 8, 2015

I Hate My Job, Now What? Part III

I'm introducing the last and final reason for quitting a job-

3.) The Lord calls you out of it- It's a simple reason, but not always the choice God gives to us. If you've prayed about your job to the Lord and felt led to leave then, you should leave (once again, remembering that it's very important to have a job lined up before quitting.) Unfortunately, many times, the Lord doesn't usually call us out of our job, and instead, He wants us to continue working at the job that we dislike in order to improve our character and mold us more into the likeness of Christ.

Because this is so generic, I'm going to give you some reasons why not to quit a job, so that way you can see why it's so difficult to listen to this last response:

1.) I don't like my co-workers- they're mean/rude/lazy/make fun of me . . .

2.) My boss isn't a good boss/ My boss belittles me/ My boss is mean/ My boss can't do anything right/ My boss doesn't have any direction or organization/ My boss is demanding/ My boss makes poor decisions . . .

3.) I hate this type of work/ dread going to work

Those are all difficult situations and I can fully sympathize, but the problem with this mentality of quitting because of your circumstances around you being incompatible with happiness is not a good reason to quit for several reasons- there will be always something you don't like at a job. Believe me, 99% of the time you'll have at least one co-worker that you don't get along with very well. No matter where you go, these problems are likely to follow. You can't be defeated by one person's attitude or character. Good bosses are hard to come by. There's always going to be something you don't care for in a boss, but you just have to deal with it. Think about all the worse things your boss could be and you'll probably realize that you have it better than you thought. You can't just give up every time you are hurt or annoyed. Life isn't meant to be a bed of roses. God sometimes wants us to deal with these issues in order to strengthen us, to make us rely on Him more, and to be in constant prayer. I can understand the feelings of frustration, the worry over if you will have to stay at this job forever, how long the dread will last, etc., but just remember that everything in this world is temporary and it has an end. Focus on the positive aspects in the meantime while you're waiting on God, show the love of Christ to others repeatedly no matter what, and continue doing your best for the Lord in your calling until He calls you out of it.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I Hate My Job, Now What? Part II

So maybe you went through my first post on when to quit your job and decided that reason #1 didn't fit your situation. Maybe you're not forced to compromise your standards, but maybe reason #2 applies to you:

2.) Your job takes away your time with God or family- This is a hard pill to swallow. Sometimes certain jobs call us to work long and unhealthy hours. If you work a normal 40-50 hour week, you should be able to make time for God, and family if you're married. But maybe some of you are required to work more than 8-10 hour days. Perhaps you put on 70-90 hours a work week. If you're single, are you able to still have a decent quiet time with God? I don't mean 15 minutes in the morning either. If you find that your life is becoming all about work and that's pretty much the only thing you are able to do, it's time to find something else. Having a time-consuming job can also have a bigger effect upon having a family, as it's harder to balance God, family, and work all at the same time, especially with long hours. Dad may be the best surgeon in the world, but what kind of man is he if he is too tired to read God's Word or misses seeing his family for days at a time? How will his children react to a situation like this? What about the men who leave their family for extended periods of time- I'm talking about being available to the family only for a couple months out of the year. There are jobs like that, which are fine for singles but what happens when dad is gone most of the time? Children need their dad just as much as their mom and moms need the support of their spouse just as much.

As I said before, these are tough choices to make. If you've spent your whole life working in a job that was time-consuming, it can be difficult to get out of- but it's worth it for God and your family. Here are the questions to ask yourself-

1.) How much time do I have for God with this job?
2.) Am I even able to spend quality time with God while working this job, or am I too exhausted most times?

If you answer in the negative, it's time to prayerfully consider quitting. Deciding if you should just quit before having another job offer lined up or quitting after you find another job is a matter between you and God that you need to be in prayer over.

If you found that this didn't apply to you, stay tuned for my next post which is Part III of this series!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I Hate My Job, Now What?

Photo by Catalin Pop. Used with permission.
Most of us can relate to that statement. If you can't, then you're very fortunate. But for those of us who are bogged down with this question, I have a three-part series to share with you in response to this daunting question.

Sometimes we just get bogged down with the demands of work or a new boss or employee and all of a sudden things are very different and very unpleasant. Sometimes it's unpleasant from the start. Most of the time it's not necessarily the job that's disliked, rather it's the employees or the leadership that is disliked. We live in a fallen world with sinful human beings, so it's expected to have an unreasonable boss, a lazy boss, lazy co-workers, etc. We're always going to have to deal with something we don't like in the employment world. So when do I know, as a Christian wanting a Biblical standpoint, when it's time to call it quits when I'm sick of my job?
1.) When it calls me to compromise my standards or do something unethical. There are many businesses that call for unethical practices, and sometimes they're businesses we don't expect that to come from. Here are a couple (true) examples of this:

Example #1- My boss has a suspicious backroom that is restricted to certain employees. I one day happen to stumble upon this restricted door, to find it open, and then find out my boss is growing pot.

Example #2- My boss tells me that as the teacher, if I don't give my students passing grades, I'll be fired.

The first example is an issue of breaking the law. Working for a company that breaks the law looks bad on you as well, even if you're not in on participating in the illegal act. You too can be caught up in the entire operation and risk going to jail as well. Not only that, it's not good for your reputation as a Christian. There might not be many people who believe that you had nothing to do with breaking the law. We should always value our ability to represent Christ well and do our utmost to be sure that's not ruined. Working for a company who blatantly refuses to follow the government's standards means that you're condoning what they're doing by not quitting or addressing the serious issue. By ignoring the issue, you're brushing it aside and compromising your values, casting a blind eye on something very serious to God- obeying the government.

The second issue confronts your moral standards. Will you do what is right in God's eyes or man's eyes? We answer to God, not to man. The answer is easy, but the action is harder. Is my job more important or is God? Do I trust God to provide if I happen to lose my job? Our actions show what we really believe about God.

These are two examples of instances when it is appropriate to leave a job, or just do the right thing and leave it up to God. Maybe it's a test to see if you'll do the right thing- maybe you won't be fired. Whatever the ultimate end, you must make the right choice.

I'll be back in a few days to follow up with Part 2 for more reasons to know when it's time to call it quits. Stay tuned!