Some years back, I was confronted with what I called “Work Exhaustion.” Every morning comes with a dread of frustration, insult and pain of the cross I must carry throughout the day at work. I was working, making money, but I was never a happy person.
I needed something more than money. I wanted at all cost; peace, impact, joy and fulfillment which I never found. Eventually, I made up my mind to quit the job so I can go in search of fulfillment and not money. It was a turning point decision at a crucial time in my life. But it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made in life.
Most people are like me. Work is often what they are forced to do because of survival. They work in regular jobs, at the end of the day, they are frustrated, tired, exhausted and dread the morning of the next day.
What about you? Is your work fulfilling or frustrating? Work is meant to be a blessing and not a curse. Your work is not meant to bring out the worst in you, it is meant to bring out the best in you.
Your work should bring comfort to you, not frustration. When your work becomes a burden, you are not better than a slave ( See Exodus 5:4-18). Your work should be a blessing to you, your family and people around you.
When your work does not give you rest, it will be frustrating. God wants you to work, but He also wants your rest (Exodus 23:12). You can never be at your best working without rest of mind. Anxiety does not make an excellent life.
Whatever it is going to cost you, never settle with a frustrating job. Steve Jobs once said, “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Will you also look into the mirror of the word of God and ask yourself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what am about to do today?”
There’s an answer for you in God. He can reveal the true person of you to yourself through His word. God’s word is the mirror through which you can see yourself clearly, know yourself and understand what type of work you were designed to do with your life – which will give you fulfillment.
I’ll share with you next week about the pointers that shows your work is fulfilling.