Can’t stand work? Do you find work to be frustrating, stressful and altogether not enjoyable? Maybe this is you right now or maybe you can relate to days where you just want to quit. Perspective helps us to understand our circumstances and opportunities for God to reveal to us the blessings we can’t see. Look at it this way; God may use those people in your life who drive you bonkers (maybe a boss or co-worker) to help you mature as a follower of Christ. An unhappy workplace is not uncommon, but God may be using it in order for you to grow into being more like Christ. God has fertilized your soul with peace, love and joy. Through challenges and difficulties you face and experience at work, God helps you to grow into being more like Christ. Let’s be honest; how many of us turn into a fun-loving, gentle, sweet and kind person when we are frustrated, stressed or mad? It is in these moments where you wish you had a valve to just let out that pent up frustration.
What God does is teach us to find peace, love and joy out of these circumstances we face. It is through this process that God is transforming you into something extraordinary; the person He created you to be in Christ. King Solomon came to the understanding that there is nothing better than to find satisfaction in work because that this is from the hand of God.
King Solomon stated, “21Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. 22So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? 23Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless. 24So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God,” (Ecclesiastes 2:21-24 NLT).
No matter what challenges and obstacles you face at work, don’t let them become so big that you feel all hope is lost and it leaves you angry and bitter. Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).
I cannot find any greater joy than working for the Lord. Don’t let the worries of this world overwhelm you into believing you have lost your joy! Let the work of your hands be an act of worship and praise to our God! I pray you all find greater purpose in all you do!