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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!

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