5 Ways to Find Joy in a Job You Don’t Love

Working a job you love is a wonderful thing. To be sure, all gardens this side of the Fall have thistles and weeds, but doing a job that fits you, that excites you, feels different. It fills you, gives you a sense you’re doing what God meant you to do.

But what do you do when you get stuck in a job you don’t love? When you’re waiting for a better one to come along, feel called to stay in certain work, or aren’t yet qualified for a job you think you might enjoy more? Is it possible to keep getting up day after day and actually have joy in your work?

Scripture promises that we can have joy through any work. Ecclesiastes 2:24 says work is a gift of God, and it is good to “find enjoyment in [it]”—the Hebrew literally reads, “make his soul see the good in [it].” Some jobs will make this joy easy for us; some won’t. But God wills that we make our souls see the good in our work, whatever it may be. We may never become heel-clicking happy about our job, but it is possible for us to have robust joy in it.

Here are five ways to cultivate joy in less-than-ideal jobs:

1. Repent of “ideal jobolatry.”

It’s a gift to be doing work you truly love. But if we dream about our ideal job and start saying, “I will be truly happy when I’m doing ______,” we elevate work to a functional savior and give it the place in our hearts reserved only for Christ.

No job will make you happy in and of itself. Ecclesiastes, an ever-reliable bucket of ice water to the face, tells us, “What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. . . . This also is vanity” (2:22-3). Watch yourself for the beginnings of “ideal jobolatry” and turn from them, reminding yourself that joy depends entirely and only on Jesus Christ.

2. Fill yourself with Scripture and prayer daily.

Christians ought to be practicing these disciplines anyway, but believers in unpleasant work environments especially need this reminder. Every difficult environment is like a soul-desert—it dries us out, sapping life rather than giving it.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 tells us that the one who makes flesh his strength will have a soul like a parched shrub. By contrast, though she faces heat and drought, the one “whose trust is the Lord” plants her roots in a life-giving stream and does not wither. Psalm 1:1-3 uses a similar image specifically to describe our relationship to God’s Wordfeasting on God’s Word enables us to bear arid spiritual climates. Meditating on Scripture—not just reading it, but thoughtfully and prayerfully digesting it into our souls—provides us with soul-nutrition that can help us through tough job situations.

Praying throughout the day connects us to God. Think back over your morning meditations. Remind yourself of the gospel with simple prayers like “Abba, Father/I belong to Thee” and “Jesus, Son of David/Have mercy on me, a sinner.”

3. Invest in the tasks and the relationships of your work.

It’s easy to be tempted to slack in a job you don’t enjoy. But we’re actually commanded to “work heartily” in everything we do, “knowing that from the Lord [we] will receive the inheritance as [our] reward” (Col. 3:23-4). And when we take ownership of a job and strive to do our best in it, we come to enjoy it more. See God as your true boss. Remind yourself that he is the one from whom you hope to be rewarded.

Investing in your work community can also cultivate joy. If you work with Christians, these relationships may come easily. If you work with mainly nonbelievers, give thanks for this natural way to minister to neighbors outside the church. And look for ways to invest redemptively in your work relationships. I’ve worked in offices where most of the water-cooler conversation involved complaining or gossip. Resist the temptation to remain silent and disengage. Challenge yourself to find ways to introduce loving or pleasant conversations into your workplace.

4. Contemplate the goodness of your job.

It’s easy to think of the unpleasant aspects of a job we already dislike. Dwelling on them reinforces our dislike. But most jobs somehow harmonize with God’s redemptive work in creation.

Does your work bring order out of chaos? Then you’re in effect gardening, in line with the command to fill and subdue the earth. Does your job involve correcting errors? Then you’re establishing justice, which is part of God’s character. Even if your work doesn’t resonate with your sense of calling, look for a way in which it does something good and connect that to the goodness of God.

5. Remind yourself that your identity is in Christ, not your job.

We tend to define ourselves by our work. “What do you do?” is one of the first five questions we ask people we meet, and it chafes us to say something like, “I park cars.” We must not esteem ourselves (and others) highly or lowly depending on how we perceive our jobs (and theirs).

Paul wrote to the Philippians, “For [Jesus’] sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him” (3:8-9). If your job feels beneath you, remind yourself that you belong to God through the sacrificial death of Jesus alone. You have infinite value to God because of Jesus. Find yourself in Christ alone, and you will find joy in any job circumstance.

  • Dave Boettcher

    For 23 years I have worked in a profession/job that I have varied between barely tolerated to down right despised. After getting married, having 3 kids, 4 years of college and 3 years of law school, there were few options but to stay with it, particularly when the order of events unfold like mine.

    The biblical methods of dealing with this type of work life, set out by Mr. Reha, are demanded of us to survive. However, I suggest one additional method. That is, simple realize death to self and obligation to ones wife and kids.

    That concept, in all its fasits including the lesson taught my 2 sons, helped sustain me over these oh so many years. Only a great God could keep me employeed continuously these many years and remain sane, I think.

    When young attorneys question if they should stay in a particular type of law or get out completely, I tell them if they do no have responsibilities, now is the time to explore least they end like me. I have seen many leave who are happier for it.

    Where or what is the local Church’s ministry to those that go out to the battle field every day, like it or not?


    • Michael

      I completely understand your sentiments. I too have been in a job for years that I can barely tolerate (on good days). I too remain because I love my wife and children. I believe that too many times writers tell people to find the good, or prepare to change work, or look forward to a different job…. after 25 – 3o years changing is for the most part not a viable option considering age, the economy, where one lives, etc. As to finding the good – I try everyday – this is incredibly hard when your job is life sucking, totally demanding, cut-throat, 12 hour days, …..Too many pastors, ministers etc have not lived this and frankly do not know what they are talking about – their answers are not in touch with reality. My job is not my identity – I am in Christ, and I suppose part of dying to myself is getting up everyday and doing what sucks the life out of me.

      • Will

        Can I ask what your job is? Sounds rough!

      • Joseph Rhea

        Michael, thanks for your honesty. I can honestly say my situation has never been comparable to yours – I’ve worked long hours and stressful jobs, but never for anything close to that length of time.

        I didn’t have word-space to develop my thoughts as fully as I’d have liked, or I would have talked more about the difference between joy and happiness. This isn’t meant to be a quick 1-2-3 to turn that frown upside-down; I really don’t think it works that way. I would just hope that these things would help us stay rooted in the Giver of life when our job is life-sucking. It’s more about cultivating resilience, glorifying God rather than souring into bitterness.

        I’m very sorry to hear you’re in this situation, though I am grateful you have persevered to provide for your family – that is truly God-honoring. I’ll pray for you in your situation, and I’d love to talk more over it if you’d ever like to do so.

    • Joseph Rhea

      Dave, thanks for sharing this! The idea of providing for a family is a great point – not everyone has this particular motivation (I don’t have kids yet), but the need for a man to provide for his family is both biblically mandated (1 Tim 5:8) and also a source of life, since he reflects our good heavenly Father in doing so.

      Ministering to people as workers is a great need, and I think awareness of it is growing – Tim Keller’s new book on work is a great resource, and it helped me think about this article.

    • Bill

      Dave, thanks for sharing.
      I might not be in such an extreme spot, but not far off. I have shared with my wife that I do not have the “goals” that some colleagues have professionally, but then she reminded me that my goals are providing for our family which she has been quite grateful. I also know of some friends who have left their jobs to pursue things that are more fufilling at less pay and they brag about reduced stress, etc. But their spouses do not contain the same amount of reduced stress and in many cases, its increased.

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  • http://WWW.thinkpoint.wordpress.com Steve Cornell

    Great practical advice! Thank you. Each day I must remind myself of the identity that the Lord Jesus gave me. “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16). Each day I must remind myself of the great commands: “Love God with your whole being and Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-40) Now I must ask myself what living by these will look like today.

    The activities of this life will definitley lose purpose unless I make determined connections with the next life. Each time I pray, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” I contemplate this connection.

    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (II Corinthians 4:17-18).

  • Minerva Jose Bariuan

    I like this message. Indeed and it’s really true that Jesus Christ is our identity not our job. I am called by God to help fulfill the Great Commission, and I love my job. Praise the Lord.

  • Jim

    I have to say this is the article I needed today or for that matter any day. This job is boring, but I should be happy to have one and rethink what it means to have joy at work. Thanks for writing this and setting me straight!

  • Mark Soni

    Yeah, totally agree that this idea that everyone is ‘fit for a certain job’ doesn’t really fit into reality because we live in a fallen world and dreams/goals fall flat. Also, people who have their ‘dream jobs’ know that there are still challenges to them. To be in a dream job and love it, yeah, that would be ideal, but it wasn’t like Peter and the disciples were praising their line of work; they were praising their God who gave them work to do.

    I think the major gist of the article is that a bad job has no comparison to the joy that we have in Jesus Christ. And a good job as well. I think with the advancement of technologies and personal wealth we feel obligated to have an easy worklife. But God grants us grace to individually see that the He is good, and also that our work is for His glory, and the benefit of others.

  • http://www.faithtoday.net Ron Walters

    This sermon had my name on it. I belong to God, but I am not cut cartwheels over my job out side of the church. I needed to hear this. I really appreciate your message.

  • Noah

    As a young man, #5 hit home with me. Thanks for the article.

  • Dave Boettcher

    Having given more thought to this, a bad job is little differet than someone living with any other significant problem. If one has an occasional bad time at their job, they learn there is light around the bend. Like a cold, we know it will pass. I think, it’s easier to practice what we all must admit is the biblical method to over come thses times.

    However, the task of application becomes, what appears to be, impossible over the years. That is not to say one has an excuse to stop tring. But, until one has been in that situation I think theory needs to help not condem.

    Relevant to this discussion would be the insights of those who have suffer with years of pain. Would it not have been helpful if Paul would have explained how he applied these principles to his infirmity. His example demonstrates application is possible.

    I think that is how, in part, I have delt with my job. It is an infirmity to live with. It was hard to get to this point but a bit easier to stay.

    Come on Pastors and other such professionals, I would like to hear your point of view and practices. The comment from those already are very insightful. Thanks.


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  • Colin Mattoon

    Thanks for the good advice…and Milton. Gotta love Milton and the stapler!

  • Sabina James

    Thank you for this article. It is God-sent in my present circumstances – I have become weary of my unpaid job.. It feels like a howling wilderness sometimes. I am going to put your suggestions into practise and depend on God for joy and fulfillment.

    • Dave Boettcher


      Just last night I read a chapter out of “Don’t call it a comeback: The old faith for a new day. ”
      The chapter is by Ted Kluck and titled “It’s sometimes a wonderful life: Evangelicals and vocation. ”

      I really liked it. I am not sure why but thought I would suggest it specifically to you and generally to the others.


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  • Tony

    Great article Joseph. Completely agree with every you’ve said, having now worked in a job which I’ve hated for well over 12 years. Different employers, different tasks, roles and responsibilities; they’ve all had the frustrations of long hours. I had dreamed that M&A to be significantly different, but the Lord (in his great wisdom) decided otherwise.
    One thing which I’ve been particularly challenged by in read Paul Tripp’s book ‘instruments in the redeemer’s hands’ is that the frustration and suffer is actually a blessing. By practicing godliness day-in-day-out 24/7 (when you’re averaging 3-4hrs sleep a day for months) when things cool off, you’re thankful to God for the break and for sustaining you through the insane times. However more than that, I’m finding that by suffering again and again and keeping hope in Christ is a powerful way of witnessing the supremacy of Christ in all things in your work relationships, b/c mutual pain actually is a bridge which God has placed in our lives to bridge the work relationship gaps that we would not otherwise have.
    As such I’d put in a point 6 to the above: God in his wise sovereignty has placed you there for His Glory. Going to work is about working to the Glory of Christ the King in our work and the relationships there. Finding deep joy in working for the Glory of Christ, means we’re able to emulate the hope that Paul in 2 Cor 6 “We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us.”

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  • Dave Boettcher

    There seem to be a lot of posts indicating folks have overcome or handled a very bad job much, much better then I. These posts say all the right things but I continue to look for concrete application instructions even if those instructions are vague.

    I think such statements as live your life as unto the lord, your job is your mission field,and suffering day-in and day-out is a good witness are have true proportions at best.

    HOW DOES THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST CREATE RADICAL CHRISTIAN SACRIFICE? A Meditation on the Book of Hebrews by John Piper, is part of a book I recently read. Part of the sermon he was discussing those type of statements I pointed to above.

    He concludes that that they are not sufficient as a witness and then sates:”This is why I said the book of Hebrews is aiming at the very thing I am aiming at in this message—that your life and ministry will have a radical, risk-taking, sacrificial flavor. Hebrews bids us do something like that, something outlandish: “Let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.” What does that mean for you? It means something radical. Something risk-taking. Something sacrificial. God will make it plain if you will say to him, “Anything, Lord. Anytime. Anywhere.” If your heart is yielded, he will make it plain.”

    Suffering nicely at work is only a witness if others know one is suffering and it is just a part of, as Piper says something radical, risk-taking and sacrificial.

    If others know I am suffering or hate my work, I have failed. Unfortunately, I fail all the time in that regard. I come home knowing I have failed, knowing I have to face a job I dislike in the morning, knowing my co-workers saw my failure and knowing I am not radical, risk adverse and thankful that Jesus shed is blood as the sacrifice for me, he atoned for my sins, as I my sacrifice is not sufficient in fact almost nonexistent at work.

    So, how does one have joy when one has a job one hates. I not sure. I do not think it has anything to do with accepting the situation or seeing the job as a mission field or a chance to be a witness.

    There is no satisfaction in a bad job for some. Perhaps it is as simple as knowing only a miracle will get some people through a bad job. Relying on God, after all, what God wants.

    It is a continual battle everyday for me.

    • Tony

      @Dave, hey mate, you note
      “If others know I am suffering or hate my work, I have failed. Unfortunately, I fail all the time in that regard. I come home knowing I have failed, knowing I have to face a job I dislike in the morning, knowing my co-workers saw my failure and knowing I am not radical, risk adverse and thankful that Jesus shed is blood as the sacrifice for me, he atoned for my sins, as I my sacrifice is not sufficient in fact almost nonexistent at work.”
      While I could be completely off kilter, I think the root of the lack of joy lies therein. As Joseph notes we’ll need to repent of jobolatry, and that includes making judgement over whether I’ve failed or succeeded. At the end of the day, we’re just asked to do our best for the Lord. That might mean failing “in the world’s eyes” as well.
      As for the practical points maybe write down the following which I found helpful (PDT will have to take credit here again);
      (1) What are my frustrations with work (i.e what do I hate? the monotony, the lack of recognition, the worship of money and power, the illicit office relationships etc, etc)
      (2) Why does the frustration arise; i.e is the problem the imposed lack of godlessness, or is it that I cannot trust God that he’s put me here?
      (3) Set a plan on radical action.
      Personally, I didn’t find freedom in my job until my friend said that I hated it so much, try and get fired by telling people about Jesus (gently and in a godly manner) Be a ‘God’ botherer – heck if you hate the job, you’ve just found your way out, and given that God is sovereign, He’ll know where to place you thereafter.
      Sadly they didn’t fire me, they promoted me. Only b/c all the people that I couldn’t stand, couldn’t stand me, which let me do my job well! (Plus here in the UK, its messy firing people)
      I can’t say that it’ll happen the same way for you, but give it ago, b/c at least that way you’ll get into the habit of reminding people that (1) You’re not perfect (2) You’re saved (3) Jesus is massively real for you. (4) Practicing evangelism at work means that you’re getting yourself ready to address questions people may have (5) Be prepared to provide a reason for why you believe and why you find work hard (6) Say that Jesus is greater than all of these things, b/c on the last day, only He will determine your success or failure as a person

      • Dave Boettcher

        Appreciate your directness and thoughts. Particularly the practical approach. So lets take me and apply the steps you set out. Before I do that I want to look again at the question posed by Joseph. “Is it possible to ….actually have joy in your work?”
        The question is not is it possible to have joy in life with a bad job?

        With that out of the way let me answer your questions. 1. As an attorney I am arguing one position or another day in and day out. The judge argues against me, the other attorney argues against me and often my client is unhappy. The advaserial nature of the job kills me. Then it is the firm that want 2500 billable hours a year at a minimum, and knowing many hour at the job can not be billed. Do you know the weight of constant temptation to slip in 10 or 15 minutes here and there. With the trend being toward more tech and less staff and everyone wanting pay increases, 2700 bios led a year is not uncommon now with less staff.
        2. Why does the frustration arise? It’s the nature of the beast and I have to support my family.
        3. Take a risk. It is not I but we. Having a family means ones wife must be prepared spitually. Scripture warns of acting alone with involving ones wife. It may mean preparing your spouse for the possible eventuality. The approach I have taken after reading Piper’s chapter is to pray that god will show me the opportunities to take a risk.
        4. By acting with reasoned care ends up taking a chance for and with Jesus,I and my house will trust God, even if my wife does not appreciate it.
        5. I thought you 5 subpoint under point 3 were particularly insightful.

        In the end there can be joy/contentment wiith life even when working a hated job.

        Tony keep the discussion going. I know there are a lot of Christian men who hate their job and no one to grip them.

        • Tony

          Hi Dave, had a bit more of a think on it since, I can partly empathize with your position regarding the adversarial nature of your role. I work in M&A advisory. Everyone disagrees from the lawyers, the bankers, the accountants, and everyone else pretty much vying for king of the mountain, each out to ‘make themselves God’. It can be soul destroying at times since the levels of aggression and political back stabbing can seem off the scale at times.
          (1) For me I found that praying through each of those items, breaking down each aspect of every conversation, and setting it before the Lord was a great help. It’s no promise that it’ll be without conflict, but I do “throw up a prayer” asking for the ‘grace of God’ to help me speak and deal with people as Christ would. Praying a prayer of thanks after each outcome was also helpful, since I may have lost an argument b/c I missed something means that I can add that to ‘remember this for next time’ stripes. It’s a habit that takes time, but that’s part of the process of learning to trust Christ in everything.
          As for clients (who tend to be the most frustrating at times), its always a difficult balance between being honest with them on what you can do, any why they’re paying you that rate.
          Practically, I’ve found that doing street evangelism during lunch times particularly helpful to get me in the right frame of mind for dealing hostile in and out of the office. (I don’t do it everyday, but during the summer I do try go out once a month, mainly b/c my missionary mate is willing to head out there with me)
          (2) Agreed, it can be the nature of the beast, however that’s only when you’ve let the beast go wild within your life. In the heat of the deal(s), frustration for me tends to boil over in rage and plenty of aggressive verbal behavior towards everyone, whether it be my superiors/clients/ or other advisors. It’s not an excuse and after I’ve cooled off, repentance both to God and to them is key for me. Often when I’ve segregated God out my work, the rage beast takes me for a ride. By the grace of God, I’m much better now than what I was when I started 12 years ago. So, being in the MMA work pen is still no excuse not to pray for God to continue working his grace in you through it.
          (3) Boom! Bang on there. Taking a risk is indeed a family thing. Making a unilateral decision on risk just creates more grief without the Mrs Consulting practice. Getting ready to be married in Sept and going through Church marriage prep has been a great reminder that Marriage is for Holiness and not for Happiness. The question that I’ve been asking myself is whether I’m willing to consider moving out of M&A to a less intense job/role to ensure that my wife and future family are well positioned for holiness. Being single in M&A is fine, but I’ve known other Christian guys who basically took a stand, got out (of law, M&A, medicine) and are doing much simpler less insane jobs so that they could serve God and their family first. It wasn’t without sacrifice, a smaller house, fewer toys and holidays, less comfort, and even a scaling down to Prius!
          They prayed hard over it, and discussed with their wives and children that materially life was never going to be same, however for the sake of family holiness and godliness they’ve all said the sacrifices were incomparable to the blessings of God.
          (4)As with 3, discussing it with her first is key. Provided she’s on board for Christ and not for comfort b/c only one is eternal. Taking that risk together, as a house (marriage) of God united will mean you’re ‘diversifying’ the pain that the risk brings, however it can also multiply the joy as the risk pays off in holiness and faith in God’s goodness.
          (5) Glad to know that Jesus is massively real for you. I’ve been enjoying a range of books/sermons by Phil Jensen, Piper, Keller, Tim Chester and more recently Paul Davis Tripp. Each of them have their own styles, all of them have the one purpose of making Christ known. I’m thankful for God for each one of them in making Jesus more real and massive in my life than before. You might find listening to Piper’s early stuff on Anxious Toil helpful (www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAHjxYxjTIg) as well as Paul Davis Tripp’s talk (http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=91211949267) helpful, since it certainly encouraged me to find greater peace with where God has put me at work.

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  • Dave Boettcher

    Hi Tony:
    One can always find excuses why what you and Joseph ( scripture ) has instructed. I reread Joeseph’s article to look again at the 5 points he lists. We all would be well served to implement the principles laid out, especially work.

    I am troubled with the number of Christian men live “lives of quiet despiration. What is call resignation is confined despiration….” in their jobs. It also bothers me that there is so little, if any effort by the church to deal with this soul defeating issue.

    Over my 55 years of life and 23 years as an attorney I have been able to implement the thinking we have discussed but I still have times that are not good.

    If I knew a way of helping other guys I would do it.

    Tony I wished we not on opposit sides of the pond.

    By the way, what is M&A?


    • Tony

      Hi Dave,
      Agreed, itching ears and hearts will always direct themselves towards self sovereignty, rather than the Lord’s.
      Soul defeating, crushing, desperate existences at work can be at times hard for some churches to understand, esp if they’re so busy promising health and wealth in this life, rather than teaching people properly from the Bible that it was never meant to be that way.
      After all if our own Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ came as a blue collar labourer, born into poverty, suffered unjustly from frustratingly disciples that didn’t get it and an overzealous religious establishments that failed to see what was before them and found himself struggling with the unanswered prayer of Gethsemane, we should take hope in the times when we are at our wits end with work and life, for he didn’t spare himself from the pain either.
      Rather, he took on more pain in going to the cross, for a group of rebels that never deserved it. Our work costs us some part of our soul, but in comparison to the cost of Jesus who having all to having nothing, I find myself like Job, short of complaints and increasingly filled with joy and wonder over why he would love us so much to do such a thing.
      We may not always get it ‘right’ everyday, but bit by bit, reading God’s word is half the battle, the other half is trusting Him to execute the promise that He is working for our good in all things is the question he asks us for every moment of every day, including times at work. I’m left asking myself ‘Do I trust Him? for everything that I do. B/c if I don’t trust Him, I’m bound to be trusting something that’s not God (myself) which is a recipe for disaster.
      The pond may well separate us, but God’s word is not chained. FYI
      M&A = Mergers and Acquisitions.

      • Dave Boettcher

        Thanks Tony for the talk, encouragement and insight. Laughing with the guys and gals here, realizing what God has given me to do for him because of income and many other thing have made work life livable and life good. Our God is merciful, full of grace and worth of praise.

        I sited Piper previously. That attitude of taking a risk was a new way of adding a new look at work. Of courses, God will give one the opportunity to succeed sooner rather than later. My boss came to our office today. The opportunity to take a risk for him, which I had prayed for occurred.

        We, the office and our boss, were sitting down for tea. Ok, pizza and soda talking about boring jobs. I related the story told by Piper of the college grad who ended up in a auto factory for the rest of his work life driving rivets. When I was done our boss asked how anyone could do that and keep a good attitude?

        Only for a moment did I think. I explained that his Chritianity was the motivating factor and why. That sure liven up lunch, at least for me.

        I say all this to make the point the job may be bad but how we use the time and benefits that flow therefrom can make all the difference. And remember all good thigs flow fro God.

        If you have any M&A work in central California, I would be glad to meet you.


        • Tony

          Encouraged to hear that you’re still holding that Flag of Christ up high. Doubt I’ll be out in CA anytime soon, it’s 1am here in the UK and I’m still toiling away.
          Nevertheless, maybe on the other side of this life we’ll get to meet over a beer. Deo Volente.

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  • http://www.sandpipercoaching.com Daniel Ough

    Hi, this is Daniel and Jeanie Ough.

    We are Christians and career coaches. Daniel is British and worked as a Chartered Engineer for many years before becoming a career coach. Jeanie is American and worked as a lawyer for many years before joining Daniel in our career coaching company. We have recently retired and enjoy continuing with coaching as a “ministry” as we travel in different parts of the world.

    We read with interest Joseph Rhea’s blog and the comments posted. It’s commendable that people have raised the valid issue of the responsibility of providing for their family. However, in our experience we have found that at times the frustration of a boring job acts as a catalyst and is God’s prompting for us to consider other options. While we acknowledge that there is no “perfect job,” we believe that God wants us to be fulfilled in our work.

    We have many years of experience helping people of different ages, nationalities and seniority make a change in their career and land fulfilling jobs. Two of the main reasons why this doesn’t happen is fear of the unknown and not having anyone to “walk alongside” them during this transition. That is the role of a career coach.

    We are available and would love to help fellow Christians who are going through a challenging period in their career. We offer this as a service and we do not charge. While we are based in Australia now, we can do coaching over the telephone, email and Skype anywhere in the world so we don’t need to meet up. As it happens, we are travelling to the US, UK, and Dubai over the next few months, so if anyone would like to try to meet up, we would be willing to give it a go. Daniel will be attending The Gospel Coalition Conference in Orlando in April.

    We are not familiar with the protocol of exchanging personal information in a blog; perhaps the administrator of this blog can advise us about that. If anyone would like to explore the possibility of working with us, we would be delighted to hear from you via this blog.

    May God bless you

    Daniel and Jeanie

  • Dave Boettcher

    Please add this on if the first part made it through. If please delete and let me know please.

    Since I had to have a job I accepted and prepared to move. Before the time came God brought me to tears and submission. I knew I had to trust Him with every thing. I told my boss on Monday I Was not moving.

    Within two weeks, before I needed to leave the old job I had a better paying job with better benefits and no disruption to our family. Unfortunately, it was back practicing law.

    The thing I did not want to do was the best for all of us.

    Tony, you have the opportunity to move before kids. Think long and
    hard my friend. Do you like the feeling of working hard and of Bering up till 1AM?

    Oughs how does a high wage earner, 55 years old, and with Parkinson’s and a limited work life change not only a job but a profession? By this I ask that my email address be provided you if you request

    Tony, please don’t take what I have said as being mean or angry. I just hope others find joy in their job easier then I.

    And for the beer prefer mine ice cold but happy to drink it warm, should we meet this side of heaven.


    • Tony

      Hi Dave,
      Certainly haven’t taken anything you’ve said to being anything less than encouraging nor angry. (Had pondered it myself whether at times I’d come across that way as well).
      Would be keen to get your thoughts on the following sermon (just going through a PDT phase)
      I don’t mind working till 1am. I don’t even mind working for 45hrs straight (That’s when I need to listen to piper in the background, since he’s keeps me awake!), however I do mind if how I work doesn’t bring any glory to the Lord – which admittedly is not easy being sleep deprived. Though by the grace of God I’m still pondering whether or not the present job is best for my future wife or even children’s holiness. If I’m not there to lead, teach and raise them in Christ, then for me that’s a wasted life.
      I recall a father once declaring at his Son’s wedding that in his younger days he had a wife and 3 kids and was being poor as a road worker. While training as an engineer he had already resolved in his heart that he’d be a cleaner if he had to ensure that his family knew Christ. While he continued to work on roads, his family knew Christ better, his work colleagues knew Christ better – that’s what brought him satisfaction. 30 yrs on he was seeing a wife being head professor at a good Australian university, 3 children loving the Lord, 1 training to be a minister the rest being successful business women/men – all whom love the Lord. Even if his children were unemployed, struggling to find work or were doing dull jobs, he declared that he’s still be proud of them, because of them loved and knew the Lord.
      Take heart Dave, if there’s a cut in wage, limited work life or illness – they’re all serving you to make you trust Him more, for in weakness His power is made great. It’s why John Piper for me is right, God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied with Him. If all these temporary afflictions help us find deeper satisfaction in him, which in turn magnifies the Glory of God in my life – then indeed, joy in the work, even when it seems uninspiring or ‘unsatisfactory’ can be found. Our fulfillment is not in our jobs and never should be. Our fulfillment is in Christ alone. Money, titles, accolades, even this physical bode will all fade in time, but do make the most of what you have now to find where the Lord has placed you to make Him known.
      Right, for me it’s back to work.
      BTW I prefer my beer cold as well. I’m still Australian, just so happened that the Lord called me here to serve Him here the UK.

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  • peg Paulson

    Returning to work after my children went to school, I anticipated nothing spectacular in the ‘clerical’ field. But I ended up in a Cancer Treatment Center where it was my responsibility to collect data on oncology patients which became part of a national data base. Our basic responsibility was to work to find a cure for cancer. I’m now retired but others continue this quest. I took great satisfaction in knowing that a ‘routine’ job will (someday) contribute to FINDING THE CURE!

  • http://www.sandpipercoaching.com Daniel Ough

    Hi, Dave,

    In response to your reply, we are interested in making contact with you by email and request the administrator of this blog to provide us with your email address, as you have requested.

    Daniel and Jeanie

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  • Dave Boettcher

    Daniel and Jeanie:

    Sounds good. Admin please provide my e- mail address.


  • christopher

    This blog really did help me, because I’m struggling about my job too. Thanks for this. I also would like to share to you a great source about job/work. It’s from Richard Langer of Biola University – “Theology of vocation and calling” (can be viewed from youtube). He discusses that work/job is not the ultimate “calling”, rather just part of the many “callings”… Great insight, gave freedom to me.

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