Surveys tell us that many people are holding onto jobs they really don’t like. I am giving you ten checkpoints to help you determine if it’s time to look for another job—or if it’s time to change your attitude about your current job.
Checkpoint #3: Do you feel healthy at work or do you regularly worry or feel sick about going in the next day?
If going to work “turns your stomach”—creating actual physical problems—then it’s pretty certain that something is wrong. Maybe it’s not the job itself which is the problem, but a particular person with whom or for whom you work. It’s helpful to separate the actual job from other things about the job that may be difficult for you. Once you’ve done that, ask yourself if you want to give up a job that suits you and where you truly enjoy the work, just because of a personality clash, heavy workload, or some other circumstance.
It could also be that you simply allow yourself to worry way too much about little things, and this is creating the health issues for you. Jesus told us not to worry because our heavenly Father is watching over us. Yet many of us carry around a load of worry all the time, as though by worrying we can solve the problem. It has never done so yet!
God may have you in your job to teach you to trust him and to let go of the little stuff—to cast all your care on him because he cares for you.
Checkpoint #4: Do you feel as though your rate of pay is fair?
Who of us would ever say we couldn’t use a little more money?! But the question is, do you feel you are being paid fairly, competitively, and according to the work you do?
You may find it difficult to be objective about this question, so a good suggestion is to do some research and find out what the rate of pay is for your type of job in your geographical area. You might find out you are doing quite well—or maybe not; but it will be best for you to have some facts and not just “feel like” you aren’t paid enough.
Money is always important to us, no doubt about that. But quite honestly, there are some jobs you wouldn’t want no matter how much money they paid. Please keep in mind that money does not solve all our problems and we should not make job decisions based solely on money.
Jesus warned us about the power of money. He said it’s possible to be a slave to money, and Paul says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Therefore, we need to tread very carefully here because we can easily be led astray by the love of money.more