Let’s take a look at two men on the job. One is a teacher and a coach at a local high school. He feels purposeful and fulfilled most days on the job. He looks forward to seeing young minds develop and being a part of the broader school community. His work makes sense to him. Over the years as he has taught, his students return to see him and he is thankful for how they have each paved their way into college and careers. He has helped instill a love of learning and curiosity into countless students.
Then take another worker. He is a middle manager. He is not excited about his work and just getting by. He spends 60-70 hours a week either on the job or commuting to the job. He labors all day but is caught between a negative upper management culture, high turnover, and fear of losing his job. While he works hard each day, he feels like he has nothing to show for it. He is frustrated, and he dreads Sunday evenings and Monday mornings.
One of these men is energized to work each day. One is worn out. To which one of these workers do you most relate?
If you relate more to the middle manager, you aren’t alone. One-third of Americans say “I don’t like my job.” Two-thirds of Americans are said to be in the wrong career. Many find success in the workplace but no satisfaction. We know that most suicides occur on Sunday nights. And most heart attacks happen on Monday mornings. It’s no secret that the work we do is very much tied to our health and outlook on life.
At first glance, it’s easy to say if you don’t like your job, the fix is just to change it. And maybe that’s a good recommendation for younger workers with less responsibility and more flexibility to change their profession. But for more established workers with families, responsibilities, bills to pay, and obligations to meet, what do you do in the meantime? How do you survive?
Before you change your job or change your career, try changing your heart first.
No matter what job you have found yourself in, where you make your money, where you spend most of your hours each day, it all belongs to Christ. If bosses or coworkers don’t notice, take pleasure in the fact that Jesus sees all that you do. When you’re working hard, that doesn’t go unnoticed.
And if after doing this, you still find yourself stuck, maybe a job or career change is an order for you. But start with changing your heart first.
Col 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”