Today’s Reading: Proverbs 5:1 – 7:27
Today’s Post’s Reading: Proverbs 6:6 – 11
I hate my work
I had a mind clearing realization last night – I really hate my work. I hate it so much, I almost hope my boss reads this post and decides to do something about it.
Nearly four years ago I began to hate my work. I was working on a project that had to be done. I had the needed knowledge. I was good at it. I mastered it and demonstrated that I could do work that no one else wanted to do. Unfortunately, all those positive things have come back to haunt me. I am now doing that same work, at a larger scale with more attention.
No one wants to do what I do. No one wants to even talk with me about what I do. Everyone walks away when I approach for fear that I will talk to them about what I do. Everyone tries to avoid doing what I do. Everyone hates what I do, even me.
But it has to be done. If I don’t do it, someone else will have to. They will not be as skilled or knowledgeable on the subject. Most likely my company would have to hire external people to do the work at a greater cost.
Unfortunately when you hate your work and everyone else hates your work there is little motivation to do your work. Why do what everyone hates? Why do what no one appreciates? Why get up in the morning and go to work?
This Morning’s Prayer
As I have mentioned before, I pray a bit before reading each day’s text. Today I specifically prayed that God would have a passage in Proverbs that could speak to me about my job situation.
Did you know that we have a God who answers prayers? The answers may not always be what we want. The answers may even be something we dread. Either way, it is God answering our prayers.
God answered my prayer for a direct message to me today:
Proverbs 6:6 – 11 (NLT)
6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
7 Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
8 they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
Ouch! Boy did that one sting. God answered my prayer alright and it hurts. I mean it stings big time.
I spoke recently with my mother about my job situation. Having grown up in the depression, lived through WWII, a divorce and raising 4 kids on her own, she had distinct insight on my situation. I had complained that I have been doing a job I hate for three years. Her response, not one of great sympathy but of keen insight went something like this:
Good for you, I did a job I hated for 20 years. Deal with it. Are you feeding the kids and caring for your family? Good. Deal with it. Your choice is to do the job or lose your job. How will you choose?
I have had to constantly remind myself of this passage these last three years:
Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
Please do me a favor – pray for me that I can have a better attitude about work and that the work would become more satisfying.Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixthlie/3644355457/