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. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

7 Steps to Stay Positive in a Negative World

Many workplaces are full of negativity and it’s very easy to allow yourself to be pulled into it before you know it.  Paul wrote to the Philippians:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).  One of our trademarks as believers in a negative world should be our joyful, positive attitudes.  But you have to work at it; it won’t just happen.  Here are seven power points to help you stay positive in a negative world.
 
1.  Determine your “negative pulls.”
 
What or who is it that can quickly and repeatedly cause you to become negative?  Write them down.
 
2.  Pray about each of these "negative pulls" daily.
 
Pray for understanding and compassion
 
Pray for endurance
 
Pray for God's perspective
 
3.  Learn to reframe your “negative pulls.”
 
Put them in a different frame.  Ask God to help you see that situation or that person through His eyes.  Focus on the positive rather than the negative things.
 
4.  Stop trying to control the uncontrollable things/people associated with your “negative pulls.”
 
Learn to let go and “cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
 
5.  Focus on controlling the controllable things.
 
What can you control?  (Usually it is mostly yourself!)  Pray for God’s grace and wisdom to control what you can.
 
6.  Avoid negative self-talk.
 
Don’t allow yourself to say negative things to yourself or about yourself, even in your thought life.  Stop in the middle of negative thinking or talking and change it.
 
7.  Save your emotional energy for important issues rather than things that don't really matter.
 
8.  Ask yourself, “What difference will this make in 24 hours?”
 
And if it won’t matter much in 24 hours, don’t allow yourself to become agitated, angry, irritated or frustrated about it.  It doesn’t matter!
 
These seven principles will enable you to stay positive and joyful, no matter how negative your world may sometimes be!