What to Do When You Hate Your Job

Simple Takeaway:

If you hate your job and you’re considering quitting, remember this: With every action you take today, you’re building your legacy. Make sure you can be proud of the work you’re doing here before considering going to another place to work. God blesses the faithful over the fervent.

“I hate my job.”

We’ve all been there. You dream about leaving the 9-5 grind behind and launching out on some great new adventure. It sounds wonderful.

The reality is, you are called to bigger and better things than you’re currently doing.

But here’s something you badly need to hear:

God blesses the faithful over the fervent. (Luke 16:10)

The job you have right now is your greatest asset to help ensure future success in your dream job.

Oftentimes it’s the work you dislike the most that ends up being the very thing you need to get you to the work you’re made to do.

Remember, your work situation – good or bad – isn’t about you, and you have to be careful to not overemphasize the importance of your personal preferences.

There will be plenty of times where you’ll be uncomfortable, and that’s a good thing.

After all, almost everything we go through in life helps drive us to become the person we need to be so that we can step into the thing we’re best equipped to do.

The Elderly Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire, and he told his employer of his plans to leave.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go, and he asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.

He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house.

Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.”

The carpenter was shocked.

He thought, “If I had only known I was building my own house, I would have done it all so differently.”

Let me let you in on a little secret:

Whether you realize it or not, you’re building your own house with every choice you make.

Every action you take today is another board, brick, and nail in the building of your legacy.

…even if you think you’re not yet where you should be.

For some reason we tend to keep our minds on the future and use that as an excuse to mentally check out of our current circumstances.

We don’t see it in the moment, but we’re building our own house with shoddy workmanship.

Sooner or later we realize that we’re the ones that have to live in the house we’ve built – good or bad, and we’re not living in that house alone.

Our family, friends, and community live in that house with us, and they’re banking on us building it right. 

Let’s not be if-I-could-do-it-over-I-would-do-it-differently people.

You are the carpenter, and every moment of your life you’re hammering nails and placing boards.

Your attitude and the choices you make today are building the house you, your family, and future generations will live in. So build wisely.