What do we do when we don’t find our jobs and roles not exciting anymore?
Whether you work at a local business, in a church institution, own your own business, or are in a full-time parent role, you are working. While there is no magic fix to this, we share with you the 7 Keys to Finding Purpose in a Boring Job. It is a Bible-based guide for workplace disciple. They apply to all jobs, careers, or vocation in every culture.
Key 3: Choose wise companions
You cannot control who your co-workers are, but you can control who you choose as your workplace friends. Select your friends wisely because your choice of friends will influence your degree of success in life.
Fools Pursue the Wrong Things
Proverbs 13:20 declares: “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” This verse is a statement of fact: you will grow wise with the right friends, and you will suffer harm with the wrong friends.
Do not be the companion of fools. Fools are people who delight in not understanding. They take pleasure in pursuing the wrong things. Proverbs 1:7 says, “Fools despise wisdom and discipline,” and 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”
Walk with the Wise
A wise person, on the other hand, excels at the craft of life. The wise are mature and competent and have mastered the art of living God’s way. Befriend the wise and choose them to be the ones who influence your work and guide your career.
Preferring the wise as friends does not imply that you stop evangelizing the lost. Jesus’ call for you to stay in the world and be his witness to all still applies. Jesus ministered to all sorts and conditions of people, fools included, and you can too.
Jesus lived and worked in the world, yet he maintained the twelve as his closest companions. Like Jesus, you can mix it up with “tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 9:10) while not becoming the companion of fools. Knowing where one stops and the other begins is key.
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
- Recall workplace friends whom you consider wise or those who have helped you become better and make progress in life – workplace friends then and now. Write them a thank you note, send them a thank you message, or get in touch with them in some way. If they are near you, give them a tap on the shoulder and just say thank you for spurring me on.