What Should I Do If I Hate My Job?

Nicole Unice

Nicole Unice
Published: Aug 28, 2017
What Should I Do If I Hate My Job?
Feel stuck at a job you despise? Here's some great advice on how to get out of the rut.

Related excerpt: Here are Christina Patterson's five things to remember if you want to quit your job:

1. If You are Faithful Today, You Will be Faithful Tomorrow

We will not always be in a job we desire. Maybe you are fresh out of school and are working a job that has nothing to do with the degree you just earned. Maybe you are in a situation where you are working at a job where you are overqualified, overworked, and fed up. Maybe for the most part you love your job but get discouraged by the mundane tasks that take up time from doing the aspects of your job you love most.

Here's the thing: God will still use this season to grow, develop, and prepare you. Any season that humbles us is preparing us for what God has next. The Bible tells us:

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. - James 4:10 NIV

You very well may not be in this job for the rest of your life. Amen to that! But that doesn’t mean it is a complete waste of time. God will use any season, even a job you want to quit, to prepare you for what's next. Don't miss that.

2. God Has You Here for a Reason

Working a job you don't like can leave you feeling stuck, forgotten by God, and asking yourself questions like:

Why hasn’t God opened another door for me yet? 

Why is God not moving? 

Why would God leave me here in this job I hate?

But the truth is God has not left you. He's not holding back on you. When you feel God is silent, that's exactly when He's moving! Your situation does not change God. He still loves you and is with you no matter what.

Instead of looking at our situation from a perspective of fear and worry, we need to look at it through faith and hope.

3. It's More than Meets the Eye

Many people think they work a job to make money and maintain a certain level of comfort. But God is actually doing much more behind the scenes. 

The relationships you make, the wisdom you gain, and the situations you learn and are shaped from are all part of a bigger picture God is painting.

A good friend of mine shared with me how surprised she was when her coworker asked her to pray for him. The job you are so anxious to leave may very well be what God will use to build His Kingdom.

4. Your Job Is Not Your Source of Joy, Christ Is

The grass always looks greener on the other side, doesn't it? Once I was finally able to leave the job I disliked to stay home with my infant daughter, I was relieved! I was finally away from that job! Then reality hit me. Life is work no matter what job you are working. Some jobs may be easier than others, but they all have their challenges.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking a new job or opportunity will cure everything you dislike about your life. Only Jesus can provide the satisfaction we crave. So before you turn in your two weeks’ notice, be sure it's not because you're looking for something only Christ can offer. 

5. It Won't Be Like This Forever

Just the other day a friend said the most encouraging words to me: "It will not be like this forever."

I was expressing frustration about a particular situation and her words were like cold lemonade on a hot summer day. When we are in an uncomfortable situation, like a job we want to quit, many times we go into survival mode. We stop hoping for better and start believing it will be this challenging forever. If you've fallen into this thinking let me tell you just as my friend told me:

It won't be like this forever. 

God may very well open a new opportunity for you. He may change your work environment to make your job more satisfying. He may even change your heart in this situation and help you to see it in a new way; a way that grants you peace and not pressure, hope and not hate, satisfaction and not stress.

Either way, I can tell you: nothing stays the same forever. This too shall pass.

*The 5 things above are excerpted from Christina Patterson's 5 Truths When You Want to Quit Your Job on iBelieve.com. 

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Originally published Monday, 28 August 2017.