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 2: Grow with every trial
Trials come with every job. They are inevitable. However, God can use your trials to get your attention about things you would not address otherwise. Begin to see your trials as opportunities for personal growth.
God is always for you.
Consider Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” This verse is God’s promise to those who love Him. Do you love Him? God guarantees that He can bring good out of all things which includes every on-the-job setback or disappointment you will ever experience.
You many not foresee how any good can possibly come from a particular situation, but God guarantees He can bring good from it – somehow, somewhere, and sometime. Not according to our definition of good, but according to His definition. And you know what, His good may not be good in our eyes.
But remember this, God is always for you and never against you.
Perseverance and Character.
Romans 5:3-4 reads, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” This passage reveals that the building of your character begins with God’s instructions to “rejoice in our sufferings.”
God is not telling you to be happy because you are suffering at work. Instead, He is telling you to rejoice in the assurance of His grace and provision in the midst of your sufferings. This is how Christianity works.
Exalting God in the heat of your trials will yield perseverance which is the opposite of coping or resignation. Perseverance is engagement with the expectation of victory. It is your God-trusting perseverance that will ultimately build your character and make you a stronger person.
Remember James 1:12, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial.”
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
- In what way can you rejoice in the assurance of His grace and provision in the midst of your sufferings? Get a pad and paper and write all the good in having your present job, all the good – big or small. Then, thank God for each of those goods. As you go to work tomorrow, think about those things.