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To be honest I dread going to work every day. I don't exactly hate my job, and I guess I ought to be grateful I even have one, but I wish I could overcome my bad attitude. So does my wife; she's tired of hearing me complain. Any ideas?


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Today people throughout the United States celebrate Labor Day, which commemorates the contributions workers have made (and continue to make) to our society. It should remind us of the dignity and importance of work, and that our nation’s greatness has come about (with God’s blessing) because of its workers.

How can you have a different attitude about your job? First, see it as a gift from God. I know this may seem difficult, but God gave your work to you, and it’s an important part of the life He’s given you. It may not be exactly the way you wish it were; at times it even may seem boring. But God has given you the ability to work — and He’s also given you the opportunity to work. Thank Him for it, and ask Him to help you see it as an important part of His plan for your life.

Then, see your work as a responsibility from God. Do it, therefore, with diligence and to the best of your ability — not only to please your boss, but to please God. Put Christ first in your life and in your work.

Remember that for most of His earthly life, Jesus worked as a carpenter. What kind of cupboards do you suppose He made? Shoddy ones with crooked doors? No, of course not. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    My husband is struggling on his job. He is overwhelmed. His mom passed away about year ago, so he takes care of his dad and finances, property, our home and an assistant manager for a large retail store. Workers do not want to work, so store has been in shambles, location manager got fired. So new manager takes over and is angry because store is in a mess. My husband is kind of a perfectionist. But is still the blame for everything wrong in the store till it gets right says the new manager. I told my husband to pray and talk to God about his feelings. Please pray for us. I know God has a plan for our family. We need all prayers. Thanks

  2. Selina says:

    Yes. Me too. I feel so overwhelmed with the demands of work. I’m feeling suffocated and having this thought that I cannot do it. Though I constantly pray and tell God I need him to help me and that I’m still doing what I’m doing for His glory, the feeling of being overwhelmed still lingers. Thoughts of quitting is strong.

  3. Doug says:

    Through the power of Jesus cast that bad attitude off of you. Turn to God and ask Him for wisdom in your decision making. Read Proverbs 3:5,6

  4. Ronisha says:

    My sister has started on her new job. I ask you to pray for her.

  5. Pierre says:

    When you are burned out or stressed out you might feel “hostility” towards your work. Don't press yourself till you get sick of the work, takes long time to recover. If you are overloaded with work and discouraged, focus on one thing at a time.

  6. Andrew says:

    For a long time, I disliked my job but I endured it by prayer. I was patient and did my best. Now I am at my dream job. Have a right attitude and God will see to it and will bless you