3. Your Job Is Making You Miserable.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
While most of us need to hold on to our jobs for financial reasons, there comes a time when we need to take a hard look at the financial benefits vs. personal detriments. How is your job affecting your mental and emotional wellbeing? Consider the following scenarios:
- You’re in a constant state of anxiety at your workplace.
- You’re battling major depression that overflows into your personal life.
-You feel like you are mentally unhealthy due to job pressures.
Whatever the case, if you are absolutely miserable at work, you may need to quit your job. But before you do, take some time to pray about the root of your misery. Ask God to clarify exactly what it is that’s making you so unhappy. Ask Him if there are there any changes you could make to improve the situation.
These are important things to think about before you give your two-week notice.
In the article, Why Am I So Unhappy? writer Dr. Ray Guarendi says, “One of the most liberating eye-openers is to realize your unhappiness is because of misinformation, misinterpretations or assumptions.”
Pray hard about what is truly making you miserable and ask God to reveal any misinterpretations or assumptions you might have about your work. Once you’ve identified the root issue of your unhappiness, you can then take steps to alleviate it—even if it means quitting your job.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19
4. Your Job Is Putting You Physically at Risk
You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
There are tons of dangerous jobs out there, from firefighting to roofing, (to selling knives door-to-door). While some people are built for hazardous jobs, and actually thrive in them, others are putting themselves at risk for no good reason.
According to this article, “If the physical tasks of your job are becoming overwhelming, talk with those working around you. Your co-workers might be feeling the same crunch you are, and combining your voices makes it harder for management to ignore your concerns.”
The thing to remember is, it’s OK to admit when a job isn’t the right fit for you. Your physical wellbeing may not be worth the risk, and it’s perfectly OK to admit that and move on.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8
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