According to recent surveys most Americans do not like their jobs. For those under the age of 25, less than 39% are satisfied with their jobs. Workers who fall in my age range (45 to 54) have the second lowest level of job satisfaction; less than 45% of us like our job. CareerBuilder.com reported that 4 out 5 people do not have their dream job. So, if you’re a normal American worker, you don’t like your job.

I have been there myself. One of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever had was church planting. It was tough and stressful, but I loved it. Since then I have done a lot of reflecting and soul-searching about what we do to “put food on the table.”

There is not enough space in this short post to write about all of my thoughts; so, I’ll just mention one today … attitude matters!

You may not like your job for several reasons: hours, pay, benefits, boss, company, or the work itself. Paul wrote, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23, NLT).

Here’s the point I’d like you to take away: whatever it is you’re doing, do it for the Lord. Change your attitude, thank God for the opportunity He is giving you, work hard without complaining, learn and grow from the experience you find yourself in, and watch out for new opportunities God may open down the road.

If you have a hard time doing this, take a moment and read the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-45). In case you don’t want to take time to read the whole story, here’s a summary:

  • was hated by brothers who sold him into slavery
  • faithfully served Potiphar as a slave
  • put in prison after being falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife
  • found favor with prison warden
  • interpreted dreams of Pharaoh’s servants
  • interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams two years later
  • promoted to the number two leader in Egypt

If anyone had a reason to dislike his job, it was Joseph. But, he had the right attitude by focusing on the Lord and trusting Him. God blessed Joseph along the way because He had a plan for him. God has a plan for you! You may not see it yet, but hang in there. Adjust your attitude, trust God, and look for the opportunity God is preparing you for.