What to do when you hate your job

Next month marks the 1 year anniversary of my journey into full time blogging as well as the anniversary of the end of my 5 year run in corporate america. I spent 5 years working at a Fortune 500 brokerage firm. I worked in three different departments and held 5 different titles over those 5 years. When I started I walked in full of ambition and expectancy that a few years down the road I would be sitting pretty in my corner office. What I walked out with was a hope and trust in God that He would get me further than my ambition did.

Lately, I have been reminiscing about my old job(s) and thanking God that phase is over. I didn’t fully realize how much I didn’t like it, until I started doing something that I really do enjoy. At the time, I knew that I wasn’t walking in my life’s calling, but that it was more of a preparation phase. As is typical, I guess, I thought the preparation phase should have only taken a year or two, but apparently God’s timeline was a little longer – 5 years! ;)

But also, I can now see that God was at work teaching, training, and guiding me through that challenging phase in my life. Trials and challenges are an inevitable part of life and whether we like it or not, they benefit us if we allow them to.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

For much of that 5 year phase I didn’t like my job and there were points where I felt like I hated my job. As much as I wanted to pull a Jerry Maguire and just storm out of the office, I knew that wasn’t what God was wanting from me. I think He was testing me to see if I would remain faithful even when things weren’t very fun.

How I survived my “hate my job” phase

There were a few important lessons that I learned that I can now see were critical to my sanity!

I was thankful for what I had

I would thank God for my job on a daily basis. It wasn’t my dream-job by any means, but I was extremely grateful that I wasn’t standing in the unemployment line. I had a short stint of about 3 months when I couldn’t find a job and that is pretty terrible feeling to have. 1 Thes 5:18 says to give thanks in everything – let me tell you, it can be really difficult sometimes, but I am convinced that this was one of the primary keys that helped me stick it out.

I worked harder

When you hate your job, the tendency is to slack off and just do the bare minimum. Whether I was not good at my job or better than everyone around me, it didn’t matter – I was still called to work hard. Col 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” As I got a hold of that it really brought peace, because I knew that even if I had a tyrannical boss, if I worked hard for the Lord, things would work out for me. I didn’t have to get caught up in brown-nosing or jumping through hundreds of hoops to keep the boss in a good mood. I just needed to work hard and trust God to take care of the rest.

I prayed

This is pretty obvious, but it should still be mentioned. During that phase I often found myself meditating and praying Psalm 37. It talks a lot about waiting on the Lord and how He sustains the righteous.

I prayed that He would give me favor with my bosses and co-workers. He did. I prayed that He would give me grace to stick it out to the end. He did. I prayed that he would lead me to a job that I loved. He did.

I was active

I didn’t really know if the whole make money with a blog thing was possible, but I started a blogging anyway. Had I not been putting some action to my faith (James 2:20) by starting a blog, I would probably still be in a job that I hated somewhere. I was also actively scanning job listings, tweaking my resume, and taking classes to make myself a more valuable asset to an employer.

Final thoughts

If you are in a job you hate, I am sorry. It’s not fun at all and I know how difficult it can be, but don’t be discouraged! You are not stuck, there is a way out, and there is something better on the horizon. I don’t think I have a monopoly on things you should do when you hate your job, but, I do think doing the four things listed above is a great place to start. Pray and read Psalm 37 – you will feel better.

How did you (or do you) survive your “hate your job” phase?

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  1. This is one of the most true to reality posts I have read in a long time.

    Many of us do “hate our job”. Most of us may not say we “hate our job” but if given the opportunity to do something else would jump at such a chance.

    I am in this boat right now, and I too have a calling to do all the things mentioned in this post. As Bob laid out above I too have read these same verses over & over and need to meditate on them daily in order to help me behave as I should in my current job.

    It would be much easier to complain and wallow in my own self-pity, but I know that I need to follow what the bible teaches if I expect to be blessed of God. I will continue to follow the advice written in the bible and recapitulated here, and will wait on the Lord to deliver me!

    Congrats again to Bob for having his dream become reality, it is encouraging to see the Lord deliver a brother from bondage of unhappiness in your labors

  2. Well done! Even though I don’t do the faith thing, I really liked the stick-to-it attitude here. For some reason, attitudes like yours are becoming a rarity in this world.

  3. Thanks for the tips, here. This type of phase is very recognizeable! I try to remain grateful and appreciative of how far I’ve come, though, and at times I do feel the need to pray/meditate when I feel I’m totally at my limits and really need some external help. So I will continue to do all of this, and trust that it’s also a prepatory phase. I’m glad it worked out for you!

  4. I currently work for a construction company. I, as mentioned, am very happy to have a job. That being said, I hate my job. It is very frustrating on many fronts. Besides, these days there is very little happening in the construction industry.

    About two years ago I started a blog with a friend. It was finance related and we had a lot of fun with it. As time passed, our attention to the blog dwindled. A year later, I took our stale, old blog and reinstalled life into it. For a year now, I have been following my passion of teaching personal finance through the blog. It provides me a great outlet for accomplishment, despite having a subpar job.

    Maybe, if I am lucky, I will have a similar story as yours. Time will tell how God will work.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  5. I loved this post. I first heard this concept through my pastor Rob Carmen at the time. He said, “Find something you LOVE to do, & find a way to get paid for it”. Of course a sermon followed & I have forever since been trying to find what it is I “LOVE” to do. I try to say this to every person who is starting to decide a career. This concept was further ingrained in me when I hear about Rush Limbaugh’s work history & how he now loves what he does. It confirmed what my then Pastor had said…”if you love what you’re doing, you become the best at it…. and people will pay for ________________ (fill in the blank) due to it’s the best. (of course I’m paraphrasing a sermon from over 10years ago. Did you read that? I have been searching for 10 years….& remaining in a job I DON’T LOVE! Excellent honest post! It refreshes my hope & I will continue to deligently pray that God bring me the right job that I love…

  6. I liked what you had to say about this. I especially feel that thankfullness and prayer are huge components to getting thru a situation like this.

    God is faithful, and many times He has us going thru difficult situations to teach us more about ourselves and our need for Him and He reveals more of Himself thru these trials too.

    Thanks!
    JasonT

  7. joel_zw

    Thanks for your encouraging words.

    I believe we’re to find our “vocation” rather than just pursue a “career”. I believe we were all put on the earth for a specific purpose, through which we’re to do our life’s work, our “vocation”, rather than just working for money, which is what’s usually meant by a career.

    If God has a purpose for us, he will provide for us financially to fulfill it. I think Matt 6:33 sums it up:

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

  8. Great Post Bob. I made sure my wife read it this morning. She had a horrible day at work yesterday which continues to compound her hatred of her current job. She would prefer to stay at home, but right now we can’t afford it. So for now she just has to take your advice, and we know that God will work everything out for us. He always has.

  9. Great article, Bob! I loved this. You are so right – I love the section where you talk about working hard, because I definitely began to slack and it was shown in my work, my dress, and my disposition! You are right, I need to start working harder, not kissing up or playing the “games” but working hard for Christ! Off to do a great job at my job. Thanks.

  10. Stressed Out!

    Boy, do I feel like you did! I simply HATE my job. I have to transcribe dictations from foreign doctors that I cannot understand and there is the time pressure to get them done in a timely manner. Not only that, but my boss is standing over me all the time. It is extremely stressful. There aren’t many jobs out there, and I guess I should be thankful, but I have an extremely difficult time trying to be thankful when my stress limit is taxed to the max. I am a Christian and as much as I would like to do the things you say, it is not helping. Any suggestions would be appreciated! ~~ Extremely Stressed

  11. Thanks, exactly what I needed. :)

  12. This is so true! I go to work most days praying that God will use me and keep me from doing wrong and then I so often get sucked into the venting game w/everyone else….I also see myself slacking out of discouragment with the whole system. I went into my field to help people and so many times the people either really don’t want my help, are just trying to play the system or the system itself seems to prohibit me from really providing much in the first place. It is only when I have an eternal perspective that I find purpose in my job, not to mention my life. I find I have “flickers” of the spiritual perspective and then find myself drifting into trying to please my boss, please others, move up the ladder, get the people to do “what they are supposed to” so it reflects better on me…I am ashamed to say that but if I am honest, I know that is what I’m doing. It’s in those brief moments of drawing close to the Lord that I find peace and rest…and purpose in what I’m doing. Cause that other stuff is not the real reason I’m at my job and true purpose is to reach others for Christ. Thanks for this post! I have to remember to work hard as unto the Lord.

  13. katey

    THANK YOU BOB FOR YOUR TIPS…i am currently having to ENDURE a job I HATE, and GRATEFUL of any HELP how TO DO IT. I LOVE HAVING GOD IN MY LIFE….without HIM all is IMPOSSIBLE ! I will follow your advice and PRAY TO HIM to find work I LOVE. HOW WILL I HAVE PATIENCE ? If anyone reads this and would like to share any helpful info I would be MOST GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE Katey

  14. I’m currently in a job that I really hate: I dread every moment at work, and have never felt so miserable in my entire life. Thank you for your advice though. Just one truth I would like to share is that you should never get involved in something that you never had peace with from the start: it’s a recipe for disaster! I believe that lack of Godly peace, is God’s way of warning us not to take that particular route.

  15. Thank God for this blog and the comments, I am waiting on God to deliver me from a job I hate and at the same time I have to be grateful and thankful for having a job. Reading all the comments assure me I’m not alone and this too shall pass. I was very encouraged upon reading the blog and comments.

    We must remember to prepare ourselves for what we are going to do, as we wait on God. We do not want to miss our opportunity to leave “our dreadful jobs”. I too stand on Isaiah 40:31 and Matt 6:33 and let us keep our mind stayed on Jesus and He will keep us in perfect peace.

  16. Thank you for this blog. I’m going through it and this helped SO MUCH. God bless you for your testimony. It’s making a difference.

  17. Angela Williams

    Please pray with me and for me. I can’t stand my job. I feel like crying everytime I have to go. I know that I am wasting my life away there. The Lord has given me the vision for a business, but I feel stuck in my currenT job. I would like to do something that I enjoy part-time while moving toward the vision that God has given me.
    Please come I to agreement with me that the Lord open that door. He said that He will rebuke the devourer for my names sake, and He will pour out a blessing that I will not have rion enough to receive. I am a tigger and a sower, and I know that He is only moved by His Word. PLease pray with me and for me.
    -Angela of CA

  18. Thank you so much. This is the second time I’ve come to it to find comfort in my job situation. I don’t even hate my job…it’s just that after some changes, the aspect of the job I’m the worst at, is now a huge drain…basically, I’m just not very good at what I do anymore, and I find that incredibly stressful.

    I’d love to stay in the same job and be able to push and be productive in the job God’s blessed me with, but after eight years, I think I’m suffering from burnout. Even time off is spent tense and concerned. I know though, that my job is a blessing…and not just because jobs are scarce these days. It pays well, I get good vacation time and have coworkers I genuinely care about.

    I really believe it’s a blessing God has given me to ride out a rough spot in life…it’s just weighing on me very heavily right now.

  19. A bad job is actually GOOD for you, because you can use your negative emotions to propel you toward something better. Keep thinking about your lousy job each day, and you can motivate yourself to take actions every day that move you to a better situation.

    I can honestly say that my last bad job (and bad boss) were the best things that ever happened to me.

    I made the transition from frustrated employee–with a micromanaging boss–to satisfied business owner. I started a consulting business part-time, and built it into a full-time endeavor which is the sole income for my family of 4. I quadrupled what I used to make at my day job, and have much more flexibility. I’ve posted about this topic on my blog, and show others how to start their own consulting business on the cheap.

    Whether you decide to start your own consulting business as I and lots of others have done, you can use a bad job to propel you toward a better place.

    Don’t let a bad situation keep you stuck; use it to your advantage.

  20. Honestly, I am so OVER my job… We have had manager after manager after manager over the last few months. IT’S A MESS!!! I had just started back with the company (I had worked for them before) and the job that I had agreed to take (and portrayed to me from the manger that got fired the day I started) is NOT the job I was “placed in.”

    I have a HUGE monthly goal to hit, no customers like the other reps have that have actual routes (and were given when they started) and they want me to cold call ALL—DAY—LONG and SELL SELL SELL New Business only!!!

    Some days I just literally “CAN’T” do it!

    Then a new manager came in (again) and I can tell he’s cleaning house. All he cares about is NUMBERS NUMBERS NUMBERS!! He has no compassion or care for the people that work for him and he made that clear in the first sales meeting he held.

    He calls me at 9pm at night and clearly has no respect that I have a family (my wife and 3 kids) and a LIFE apart from work. On a whim, he wanted me to just jump up and relocate over 8 hours away and then when I said I absolutely cannot do that (ESPECIALLY for the pay I get… like 28K per year only because I’m on a guarantee right now for the first 90 days then it goes to straight commissions), he said, “Well, I thought that’s what you were hired for?!” :-S

    So, with absolutely 0 empathy attached AT ALL, I was told that instead of relocating, I was being “sent” out of town to this area, with less than a weeks notice mind you, to cover the area until someone is hired??!! And it sometimes takes MONTHS for them to hire someone!

    All this guy sees in NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS!!! They want this company to be your LIFE! No Thank You!!!

    I want so badly to perform and hit the number, but I find myself sabotaging my efforts because I totally LOATHE this job! I wake up with panic attacks fearing going to work. I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT!!!

    I felt like God was really trying to teach me something through this job, but I hope He can forgive me because I just CANNOT care about this job anymore… I’ve tried, but I want to leave the company at least better off (not worse off) versus when I came to it.

    That’s my only requirement before I quit (to leave it better off than when I came) and I have asked God to please open doors for another job (that does not involve making cold calls ALL DAY.

    I just want to cry when I have to go to work! I just want to do the honorable thing and have an employeepreneur mindset like Dani Johnson talks about….

    Please pray for me that I can endure… I just have no motivation to even do a good job (or a decent job for that matter) and I know that’s not the right attitude to have… I just don’t know how to make it any better at this point….

    Sometimes I hate myself too… I know I’m actually really good at sales when I get out there consistently, but I just don’t want to cold call “ALL DAY LONG,” ya know?! It just get’s old, especially when even the good reps with our company are making around 50K and they’re working like 60+ hour weeks… The average rep makes 25K… and there’s a lot of reps making 15K or less :(

    It’s just not worth it to me… I just want to be honorable and do the right thing… The question is HOW?

    Thanks

  21. I really enjoyed your post. i have been learning a lot about myself in the past few years. I never finished post secondary school and dropped out a few times. Made a lot of money a few years in construction and then it has been downhill ever since. I am learning to try and be content. It is really hard but learning part of my issue has been a type of laziness to go above and beyond even my workday to get where I want to be. I love the arts and writing and been using excuses like work has made me too tired to write tonight. Maybe laziness is the wrong word and more of learning to sacrifice more. I don’t even give God much anymore and have felt him calling me back. I don’t expect a dream life but something inside has been telling me my life is not right with God or the material world.

    Thank you for using your gift because it does inspire those of us seeking a way out of our slump. Tomorrow I am going to work with optimism and I am going to quit telling people I hate my job. I am going to thank God for what I have and already a co worker wants to come to church with me, so i need to start seeing the blessings in the small things.

  22. I’m there now in Job hate land. I never dreamed I’d end up sitting behind a desk doing what I do. I’m so not made for this job I’m doing. Nor do I get any satisfaction or pleasure in it. It has simply become the way to provide for my family.

    I have been and continue to be gratefull to God for this job as the company I work for has had many layoffs over the past 14 years that I have been here. I contine to pray to God for a glimmer about what else I might could do or where I might could go. But here I still am.

    It is nice that other posters on here can quit their jobs and take up blogging. I neither understand this concept nor have the skills to pull something like that off. In fact I feel I have no marketable skills or education to do anything other than what I do. I quess that is why I stay.

    The job is very stressful and many things I am required to do are in contrast to my nature. Recently I have been having health problems relating to stress. I really feel this job is killing me.

    I’m tired of friends and family telling me to just quit. I can’t just quit. There are kids with needs and bills and the family health insurance. I can’t quit without a new place to go.

    I fail to believe that God wants me to be this miserable on a daily basis. Sometimes I think he doesn’t care if I hate my job or he is waiting for me to be the best I can be before he helps me with this. Maybe he wants to teach me something. I’m tired of learing.

    I’m thinking it isn’t going to happen.

    • Wes, I understand some of your desperation and frustration. I want to encourage you today to think about some marketable skills you have. Yes, you have marketable skills! Maybe blogging isn’t for you, but you can do many other things. The key is to try things, refine things, and learn what you’re great at. You can do it! You can make it! Have faith and work hard. Believe.

      • John,

        Thank you for your words of encouragement. There may perhaps be a window of financial relief in the not too distant future allowing for a time of experimentation. It felt good just to vent. Thanks for responding.

  23. Hector Perez

    This is a great blog. I’m truly at my wits end at my current job. I’ve yet to tell anyone but I have had suicidal thoughts run through my mind. I am a believer in Jesus Christ. Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite because I truly believe he died and rose for me but I’ve been slipping further into this mental abyss. I pray, I ask for his wisdom and discernment, but my mind is so clouded. I think I’ve been blind to his response. I’ve even seemed professional help, medication, etc. But my family needs me, and it’s the most inopportune time to leave the job… Lord please send me something that will permeate this mental fog.

    • What do you do for fun Hector? Do you have anything in your life that isn’t done out of necessity?

      • Hector

        I love to spend time with my daughter and my wife. Any time that I spend with them is precious to me. My work schedule only allows me to see them on the weekends. I feel like we’re spending most of our time away from each other, and it makes work feel that much more miserable.

        • I think that’s the truth of almost every job. (Not to minimize your situation)

          Everytime I think I’m adjusting to my job, I’m reminded of how I spend the bulk of my waking hours doing something I feel like I have to survive, while the rest of my life is crammed into corners. I really have to find a more flexible way to make money. I’m doing much better emotionally, but I don’t believe people were meant to live like this.

  24. Shelley m freeman

    I as well have a job that I hate with a pure passion and it has been the only job I can seem to grab hold of all the time I went back to school in 2010 and am looking forward to starting my own business next year old but enduring what I’m doing now is to say the least excruciating!!!! But I now realize THAT I must be thankful for what I have and I must maintain the patience that God has be teaching me on my walk with him. This too shall pass this part of my life by God is almost over everyone hang in there and don’t give up on on yourselves and the dream that God has put into your heart keep your eyes focuses on Jesus and blessing He has in store for all of us who remain faithful to Him.

  25. Shelley m freeman

    Oh and always remember when we have made the choice to be true followers of Christ Jesus we now have a purpose driven life remember RICK WARRENS BOOK ;).yes we are responsible for the choices we make but know that God knows when we make those mistakes He knew the mistake was coming before we did. Just know that God does love us and has the best in store for us and also remember when the praises go up the blessings come down every single time.

  26. I truly don’t hate my job but feel that I am used and abused. I work very hard and sometimes I just cry. I am passed up for promotions but still teach and help the people hired over me. My boss in unrighteous and cruel but I go and get him lunch and he makes me feel horrible….his words attacks the very foundation of who I am.

    I have asked the Lord to help me and it seems that every door is closed. There was a time when I felt so bad about my skills that I was afraid to even look for another job because they said I was too old. I know this is not from God.

    Recently, I’ve started working on a business plan to create my own staffing agency. I still work the same job but take one day at a time. Today I was attacked when helping someone. Another manager asked for help, I jumped in and was reprimanded because I didn’t get permission from her manager. There are things that happen on my job that are so unfair but I keep asking God to provide, help me, show me and I do believe he will. Suffering is sometimes a part of this walk and now I understand it. I just want to stop crying in the bathroom or dreading the next meeting because they are going to attack my work. Your story helps me and lets me know that God is still working. I just want peace in all this

    • God bless you De, I’m so sorry to read about your difficult situation! Hang in there, you aren’t too old for anything! You can accomplish your goals if you put your mind to it. Great job starting a business plan, follow your dreams!

  27. I’ve gotten to a point where I find my work so meaningless that I actually use half of my work time to do my blog. It wasn’t like that last time, but things have gotten so bad here and it’s not something I can help to improve. I know this is not right and I’m cheating on company’s time, so I’m seriously considering quitting without a job so I can do this full-time.

    The only thing that’s holding me back is because my blog’s is generating only $200-300/month, its not enough to survive on and I will have to fall back on my savings. I’m merely working for the salary now. But on the other, my guilt’s been eating me so I might as well quit. If I can’t get my blog up by 3 mths, then I will have to look for a new job again.

    This is the current dilemma I’m facing, I’m not sure if it’s foolish to quit or foolish to stay. Been praying about this since beginning of this year, but still have no clarity, I really wish the lord can just tell me the answer!

  28. I am stuck in a job that I despise completely. I appreciate having the job, and the money is good, but I’m totally surrounded by chaos, and it is a job that I find absolutely no satisfaction of any kind in. I hate it, I feel useless, it brings me no joy or happiness whatsoever. I drive a truck, and I find it a useless position, a total waste of time, and worthless. A worthless use of my time. I got out of it for 2 years and found myself back in, but by necessity. i don’t understand why God would put me back in it, when I can do so much more. I feel like God has thrown me away, and doesn’t care about me in a way. He knows I can’t stand it, He knows how frustrating it is, He knows that I can do so much more, He knows how much it hurts to see my life thrown away performing useless tasks everyday…He knows how I beg to be let go from this burden He’s thrust upon me again…I don’t understand why God wants me to waste my life in this stupid, useless job..I see so many people who enjoy their work, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t… I hate it that much….it’s pointless, every day is chaos, under false deadlines, lost, behind the curve..I can do anything, why must I be forced to do this> I feel like a slave, abandoned by my Lord..He helps me do it day by day, but why must I need His help..if I wasn’t thrown into this, I wouldn’t need help….I just don’t understand why I have to be here, doing this…its such a waste of a life….I must not matter….or maybe its punishment….that’s all I can think of….I try, but I can’t do it…I hate it….I’m sorry God, for whatever it was I did to deserve this……I wish I could just …my attitude is not right, but with this facing me everyday…I can’t get past it…it feels like a curse on me and my life….I’d do anything to get out of it forever…you cannot do anything if you put your mind to it…I have tried for years and years and years…but I keep getting put back in this….there is no joy…none…every day just sucks…I try, but I can’t find any peace or happiness…I feel thrown away….

    • Mark,

      I feel for you Brother. I know how it feels to think your job has no intrinsic purpose, that you could be doing so many other things, but you need training, would have to start over at the bottom, may be thought of as too old once you are ready to start something else, etc.

      I don’t know what you haul in your truck, but the transportation of goods, especially necessities brings many people good things that they need, or are meant to have. I will pray for God to bring you peace, and another position.

      Scott

  29. Wow, thanks for the blog. I googled to look for something to help me get through the day. I know prayer helps, but it also helps to know that there are others out there who feel the same, and it’s not just me being a whiner. I have been in a job that has become tougher and tougher for me over the last 11 years. After taking personality tests and such I learned that although I have the aptitude for it, I definitely don’t have the disposition. I actually love the people I work with currently, but the job itself what I am supposed to be sitting at a desk doing for 8 hours a day, actually makes me start to feel nauseous, with my back and chest tightening up many days driving into work.

    I do believe that God called me to walk away from the job about 5 years ago, but I didn’t. I wish I knew what He had in store for me. Praying recently, God has told me to be patient and my path will become apparent. It’s not easy, but it does bring hope. I try my best to concentrate and get the work done, but the harder I try to focus the more I feel sick, and an empty feeling inside.

    I know this sounds bad, and it’s hard to believe from this that I’m a positive person. As a matter of fact I go home to a life that I love, happily married, interests that bring me such joy, and I love my church, small bible group, and my prayer time with God. It is almost like a bipolar disorder usually with my mood at work and at home, as usually I don’t let my down carry over once I leave work.

    Please Pray for a change to come soon for me.

    Scott.

  30. Hi! This is a bit of an energy note. I hate my job. Im a 23 year old girl, who loves music and doing things for the Lord. But i studied economics before I converted… and even though i don’t hate economics, I work at the Central Bank of DR, which is a great job, but I just don’t like building up statistics…

    I also have the pressue of studying, because while I am here, they expect me to… Which is a great thing If I really liked this job.

    I have been down, and doing the bare minimum, but you encouraged me to “do the things for the Lord, and not for men”

    God bless you.

  31. pat johnson

    The author missed a very important point. A lot of us might not hate the JOB, we hate the types of people we’re forced to work with. The workplace can be very, very hostile and full of conniving, mean-spirited, even EVIL people who delight in creating controversy and/or sabotaging their coworkers. Dealing with such people results in a walking-on-eggshells existence which puts enormous stress on the victims. Usually such bullies are in management or have the “admiration” of others who, in truth, are too fearful of the bullies to speak out against them. When you spend most of your waking time among such people, it puts you under enormous stress and sucks all the joy out of life. What is the solution to THAT?

    • Pat,

      I have worked with people like that before and I know how hard it is. I found it easier when I remember that this world is fallen, and people are doing the best they can to make it through this life, and they are reacting out of their own issues, and stresses. You do the best you can and after that, don’t worry about other’s expectations, leave the things out of your control in God’s hands. If you know God, know that you are His, and He will take care of you whatever may come. With that, the attitudes of work will not drag you down quite as much, and you may actually show a light others want.

      Scott

  32. This is such a great encouragement to every christian who struggles in their job. I would like to invite you to check another topic which completely addresses this issue and will definitely change your perspective. Everything you need to know is laid out in this topic as we live the way God has called us even in difficult times. There is deliverance in Jesus name!

  33. Bruce T.

    This is a wonderful article. I am in a profession I really hate, but have to do so to support my family. I feel so stuck in that I want to quit my, but my family is dependent on me to provide income. This helped me realize to stay the course and know God is in charge and put me here for a reason. Also as a reminder to always have faith in what he does and I just need to follow the path he has given me. I will continue to read this whenever I feel as though I am losing faith and remind myself He is there with me.

    • Glad to be of service Bruce! and like you said, He will NEVER leave you or forsake you!

  34. Check this article as well. God bless you brothers and sisters in Christ.

    http://worklife2.org/worklife_articles/contentmentatwork.html

  35. Thank you Bob for the wonderful article. God bless you brother!

  36. I really wanted to come back and add that, after another few years since I first commented, I was laid off. I can honestly say the layoff was a blessing, but specifically because of some things I had to be obedient about within my job well before the layoff even came about.

    That mostly fell around starting a small, side-business that I could relatively easily ramp-up when the layoff hit. It’s something I prayed a LOT about and it was scary, time-consuming (my choice…it didn’t have to be as intense) and required some financial investment (minimal to be honest), but it paid off big time in me having zero worries once the job ended. I’d love to say that was me having faith that God would bring me through a scary time…and part of it was…but most of it, came from security after devoting my time to things God wanted me to years before they were needed.

    That had a double benefit though. Knowing I was working on something where I, and my work mattered and where I could meet great, motivated, encouraging people, was such a huge benefit in emotionally surviving the difficulties of my old job. I’d encourage anyone who hates their job to start something small, online. Even if it’s only paying for a few cups of coffee a month, it’ll help.

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