It’s Labor Day weekend, and we’re preparing for a day to honor American workers. Many people, though, are in work roles that they don’t enjoy. If that’s where you are this weekend, maybe these suggestions will help you look at your job differently.
- Make sure you’re walking faithfully with the Lord. When our own personal lives aren’t all that the Lord wants them to be, everything else gets distorted. It’s impossible to see our jobs clearly when our eyes are clouded by sin.
- Thank God that you have a job. It may not be what you want, but you at least have employment for today. Be grateful for God’s gift.
- Look at your job as a mission field. God may have put you there to be a light in the darkness, even though you may not like the darkness. You might be the only witness in the room.
- Pray before you go to work for those with whom you work, beginning with your boss. Something just happens to our heart when we pray for people – God humbles us and melts our heart a bit.
- Do your job for the glory of God. That’s the way we are to live our life, regardless of where God has placed us: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). We will answer for how we serve in our current jobs.
- Listen closely to people as you work, and pray for them throughout the day. My guess is that you will hear pain, worry, anger, frustration, sin, etc., and you might be the only person praying for your co-workers throughout the day. Ask others for permission to pray for them right then – and some will accept your offer.
- Prayerfully evaluate whether you should look for another job. Notice that I’ve listed this suggestion last. Do the other things first, and see what God does in your life.
Let us know how we can pray for you today.