“I’m so tired of my work, I wish I could do something more interesting.” Most people say this at one time or another. How can this attitude be overcome? First of all, it means you must do work that you are interested in and capable of doing well. Choosing a vocation is a difficult job. Undoubtedly, the highest vocations are those in which a person teaches or preaches the truth of God’s Word to His people through the means of classroom or pulpit. But only a small percentage of the majority is qualified for this work. Furthermore, if everyone decided to be teachers and preachers, there would be a great surplus. No, there are many other types of work, and laborers are needed in every sphere and walk of life.
Every person shows a certain ability in one thing or another. Usually the things we like to do and show interest in are also the things for which we have ability. Some like to work with figures, others like to work with their hands, using delicate instruments or fitting together intricate parts. Some like to work with people, others are interested in merchandising, buying and selling, others enjoy working with the soil, close to nature in the out-of-doors.
Each and every kind of job takes preparation and training. If you are to like your job, you will have to spend a certain amount of time educating yourself for it, in order that you may perform it well.
In choosing a job, there are certain things that must be taken into consideration. First, it must be located near the church, near enough that you and the members of your family can attend the services and week-day meetings regularly. Secondly, it is preferable to find a job that has a Christian environment. It would be ideal to have a Christian “boss” and co-workers who are church people. Finally, it must be a job that pays well enough to meet the high cost of today’s living.
There are some things that automatically make a job unacceptable. An example of this is compelled union membership, or work that is contrary to our Christian principles.
When we have considered all of the elements that compose an ideal job, then we must look about and try to find a job that comes as near to these ideals as possible. But then the battle is not yet won. After you have landed the job, the hardest part is still ahead of you – how to be happy and satisfied with the day by day routine.
First of all, we must remember that we can be happy only if we are in accordance with and content with God’s plan and way for our life. Then only will you look at your job in its proper perspective. The smallest, most unimportant task will then become a calling.
Neither must you look for or expect perfection in any job. Every job has its disagreeable side, and if we let these smaller details over-shadow the whole, then no job will be pleasant. Do you think of the starchy white dress and cap of the nurse with her pleasant smile, and forget the long hours of actual physical labor? Or perhaps the nice clothes, good wages, and pleasant hours of the downtown office worker and forget the moody, ill-tempered “boss,” or the twenty-five-page long typing assignment? Or again the farmer plowing his field on a beautiful, balmy spring day and forget the early morning trek to the barn to feed the cattle with the temperature at zero, or the years when there is no harvest?
This is where determination and “stick-to-it-iveness” is necessary. Once you have made up your mind what you want to do, don’t let small failures change your mind. Every time you change your mind and start off on something “different,” you take a step backward. Many people look for a job that is easy and takes little thought, and then wonder why they tire of it so quickly. A difficult task offers a challenge and brings a sense of satisfaction when accomplished.
We said before it would be ideal to have a job with a Christian “boss” and co-workers. We see just as much of the people we work with as we do with our own families, and we cannot enjoy ourselves when we are continually in the company of unbelievers. But sometimes we have no choice, and then we must use the opportunity to let our light shine. We should be prepared to speak of our heavenly heritage and the wonders of our God if the occasion arises. In cases where our co-workers are hardened to religion, or show an unwillingness to listen, it is better to let our lives be a silent testimony. Although we should be sober, it does not mean we cannot smile and show that we are happy with our Christianity. We cannot separate ourselves and sit in a corner. When we join the group for lunch, our opening prayer will speak a word. When we don’t laugh at the off-color joke, it is an unspoken testimony.
Finally, the choice of vocation or search for a job should be made a matter of prayer. Not that we should pray for a wonderful job and all the earthly joys along with it, but only that God will give us strength to perform any work that He sees fit to give us.