Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How to Be Content in a Job You Hate

Many people today are working in jobs they hate, yet they feel trapped for some reason or another.  If you’re in a job you really don’t want to be in, it will affect your performance, your attitude and your testimony for Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul wrote:

...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation....I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:11-12).

Here are six biblical principles to help you learn to be content—even in a job you hate!

Principle #1:  Enroll in Contentment 101

Begin praying that God will teach you this kind of incredible contentment.

Principle #2:  Change the Way You Talk About Your Job

Stop saying: "I hate this job” and instead find one positive thing about it (there has to be something!) and say that instead.  (For example: “I like the short commute to this job.)

Principle #3:  Give God Control Over Your Job

Instead of thinking that you deserve a better job, relinquish the control to God and acknowledge that you accept what is from his hands.

Principle #4:  Change employers

You may not be able to change jobs, but you can change employers.  Here’s what the Bible says:"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men"  (Colossians 3:23).

Work for Jesus instead of your company or your boss.  Continually remind yourself that you report to Jesus, and if you do a good job, he will reward you.

Principle #5:  Work for recognition and reward—but not earthly recognition and reward!

The 24th verse of Colossians 3 says “since you know that you will receive an inheritance form the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

If you're doing a good job and nobody says "thank you," just remember that someday you'll get the "thank you" you deserve from a higher level of management.  That is, of course, if you're working for Jesus and not for people.

Principle #6:  Ask God what he has to teach you through this job 

Are you rotting in your miserable job because you haven't given God permission to use it in your life for good?  Believe me, there are miracles waiting for you in that job you hate, if you will in humility make up your mind to work for God and seek his reward, and look for the good that God wants to do for you and through you right where you are. 

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