What to think about when you are frustrated with your job

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Have you ever been frustrated with your job? Wondered if anything you are currently doing really matters?

Recently my daily Bible reading took me thru Isaiah. In chapter 49:1-7 he has a conversation with God about his frustration with his job.

Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name. He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand. I am like a sharp arrow in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory.” I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord ’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.” And now the Lord speaks— the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant, who commissioned me to bring Israel back to him. The Lord has honored me, and my God has given me strength. He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” The Lord, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, says to the one who is despised and rejected by the nations, to the one who is the servant of rulers: “Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the faithful one, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” (Isaiah 49:1-7 NLT)

10 things to remember when your job’s going nowhere:

  1. God’s plan for you began long before you were born
  2. He’s the one that chose your gifts (Given a choice Isaiah might not have chosen the one he got)
  3. Your gifts are all about bringing him glory
  4. Even when you are in the center of God’s will, it will at times seem mundane and boring
  5. It’s best to leave the score keeping to God & trust him for your reward
  6. During un eventful days, it’s good to remind yourself of who God is and what he’s called you to do
  7. Never forget what an honor it is to do what you do for him
  8. God’s plan for you is bigger than what you have imagined
  9. If you remain in the posture of a servant, the same people who won’t give you the time of day now will pay close attention to you later
  10. When things do get better (they will), don’t forget who it’s all about

What do you do when you are bored by your work?
Which of the 10 helps you the most?

 

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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11 comments
Angel
Angel

You guys captured every wornfdeul moment of their special day! The pictures turned out so great! My favorite would have to be between Evan blasting out Don't Stop Believing or Darrin and Natalie caught jamming out to it! haha.. This wedding was such a beautiful Southern wedding and you guys did amazing capturing all of the details! Good job Bethany, on a job well done and a swollen ankle!! You guys are truly blessed at what you do.. Together! *One day.. One day* wink wink

Chris Russo
Chris Russo

A lot of times when I feel bored by work there is something in me that is not surrendering. I have to ask why. Why don't I want to surrender to what God is up to in the moment? I know he's not boring so it must be me. Either that or he doesn't have a plan for me in the moment which clearly isn't the case. The one that stuck out to me the most is, "Leave the score-keeping to God and trust him for your reward." When I start looking to what I expect the rewards to be, I'm ALWAYS disappointed. Russo

Sandy Meier
Sandy Meier

What a wonderful message to read before I start my workday. I'm going to tape this above my monitor; I'll probably need a frequent reminder.

Greg Surratt
Greg Surratt

Michael - I am praying for you this morning that you will settle into rhythms of God's grace

Michael
Michael

I just feel so tired. I work a lot of hours--first in the office--last to leave. I think work prevents me from doing what God has called me to do. I keep praying for an answer on what to do but then when I do not get an answer I think I am either talking too much and not listening or only wanting to hear what I want. The points above I am hoping and praying will help.

John
John

This caught me at a great time. I am in th doldrums of my job right now, somedays feeling like I need Moses to deliver me from Egypt to the promise land. It is never on my watch that God moves, but when I look back all in my life has happened better than I could have ever planned it. It is about Hia glory and will and just wanted to thank you for this reminder. Psalm 139 v. 24 "see if there is any offensive way ine and lead me in the way of everlasting." My family and I will be coming up to visit Seacoast in June and thoroughly enjoyed you when you were at Highlands a few weeks ago. Thanks again for the post.

John
John

This caught me at a great time. I am in th doldrums of my job right now, somedays feeling like I need Moses to deliver me from Egypt to the promise land. It is never on my watch that God moves, but when I look back all in my life has happened better than I could have ever planned it. It is about Hia glory and will and just wanted to thank you for this reminder. Psalm 139 v. 24 "see if there is any offensive way ine and lead me in the way of everlasting."

Greg Surratt
Greg Surratt

Diane - We miss you guys and think about you often. Rosemary - It's comforting to know that "great" people like Isaiah felt just like us at times. He had to remind himself of why he did what he did Janie - I'm glad you found Seacoast also!

JANIE GIORGI
JANIE GIORGI

THE LINE THAT ALWAYS HITS ME; I AM WORKING FOR THE LORD IN EVERYTHING I DO, SAY, AND MY ACTIONS...THIS CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE ON PRETTY MUCH EVERY PART OF MY LIFE.... YOU HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE...I CLUNG TO CERTAIN SERMONS AND I LEARNED GOD HAS MY BACK, I LEARNED THERE WILL BE STORMS AND WHEN YOU LOVE PEOPLE GOING THROUGH STORMS, WE WILL GET WET. I LEARNED GOD SENDS ANGELS TO CAMP AROUND US, I LEARNED THAT IF GOD IS WITH ME, WHOM THEN SHALL I FEAR. I LEARNED GOD IS NOT MAD AT ME BUT HE IS MAD ABOUT ME AND I LEARNED THAT I AM A PRINCESS BECAUSE MY FATHER IS THE KING OF KINGS AND I SHOULD NEVER BE KICKED AROUND. I HAVE LEARNED TO DO WHAT JESUS WOULD DO, AND KEEP MY HEART AS THAT OF A CHILD, DON'T LET THE WORLD BUT THE SPIRIT LIVE IN MY SOUL. I HAVE LEARNED I AM MORE LIKE JESUS WHEN I GIVE AND LOVE. AND I HAVE LEARNED GOD SENT ME TO SEACOAST AND HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING. THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING AND TEACHING US.

Rosemary Miller
Rosemary Miller

Pastor Greg, once again you have hit me spot on! The timing on this post is perfect for me, I ask myself "why am I doing this and for what purpose?" Number 8 puts it in perspective for me, I feel at times like I am not needed or helpful to others, but how do I know how I have touched a life that has come into the store I work at. Sometimes I feel mundane and bored, but then a customer walks in who could be in a bad place spiritually, and it's my job to make them feel worth and uplift them. Hopefully I do, and God is the one who is directing me on that path. Thank you for always inspiring me to look at things in a different way!

Diane Green
Diane Green

Greg, Well said. Although Pat and I don't have "jobs" right now, somewhat to our dismay, the same principles apply to life in general. Thanks for the reminder!