Finding Contentment in the Midst of a Difficult Job

Philippians 4:12-13

Did you know that you can be content even if you are in a job you don’t love?

You may know it logically, but you CAN know it to be true deep in your soul too.

Yes, you can be content in a job you don’t love.

In Philippians 4:12-13, Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

This is a profound truth, but one that is difficult to put into practice. I have found this especially true when it comes to being in a job I don’t love.

For years I stayed in a job I didn’t love. Why did I stay? FEAR. I was afraid that:

  • I would lose the income that I had grown secure in.
  • I would lose my insurance and other benefits.
  • My business wouldn’t do well and I would fail.

Really what it came down to was that I liked the feeling of security and I was afraid of losing that security.

The worst part about it was that I was miserable.

I hated to get up in the morning to go to work. I struggled with feelings of depression and despair. I desperately wanted things to be different, but I felt stuck because of my fears. I guess you could say I was the opposite of being content!

At one point, however, I decided that I just couldn’t do this anymore. I was tired of feeling miserable. I had a choice.

I could choose to leave my job or I could choose to change my outlook.

I began to make plans to leave my job and I began to develop plans to start my own business. Having a new focus, focusing on the excitement of starting my own business, definitely felt better then feeling miserable in a job I didn’t love. It even helped me to feel better about my current job because I knew that there was an end in sight. But I still struggled with my thoughts and feelings because I wasn’t being intentional about changing them.

I eventually found a happy medium and switched to working part-time in my position and having more time to develop my business.

I wish I could tell you that I became a master at changing my outlook, I didn’t, but looking back, I wish I had worked at it more! It would have saved me a lot of time feeling depressed!

If you are in a tough spot right now, whether you are in a job you don’t love or another situation that is difficult, you can find contentment!

Here’s what you do:

1. Take Paul’s advice and rely on God. – When I was struggling, I was self-focused and having a pity party. Recognize that you can do all things with God’s help! Trust Him to give you the strength and attitude you need to face your difficult circumstance.

2. Take more of Paul’s advice and be intentional about changing your thinking. – Recognize when you are having negative, “poor me” thoughts and decide that you are not going to dwell on them. Earlier in the forth chapter of Philippians, Paul encourages us by saying, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” He follows this up by saying, “put it into practice, and the God of peace will be with you.”

So, that’s it! Just two things! Ask God for help and rely on him, and be intentional about not thinking of the negative but instead focusing on the positive. Sounds pretty doable right? And, it works!

I encourage you to practice this. I know that when I do, it makes a huge difference. So much so that I go from being miserable and depressed to being content. Yes, you can be content in the midst of a job you don’t love!

Leave me a comment to let me know how your journey to contentment is going. I’d love to hear from you.

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