Okay, so here I go with another somewhat delayed musing. If you haven’t noticed by now, I like to let my writings sit for awhile, I like to let them marinate for a bit before I share them. I believe this particular topic is something that every single person has struggled with at some point in their lives. I truly hope that it resonates with you.
I’ve had somewhat of an epiphany, you might say. I recently had a not-so-great day at work. And it dawned on me (for the 100th time in the five years that I’ve been here) that this place, this work, does not bring me joy. In fact, it goes beyond that and actually detracts from my overall happiness. Now, I know we all have bad days at work, along with a lot of good days. And most of the time we just have to push through it, make the best of the day, and do what we can to make the next day a better one.
But as some of my Facebook friends started weighing in on my question of “what do you do when you realize/know that deep down, your work doesn’t bring you joy, but rather, detracts from it,” something stirred inside of me at some of their responses. Most people responded that work isn’t meant to bring us joy. That it’s just a means to an end. I agree that for many people, their job is simply a way to pay the bills—most of my own jobs have been just that. But I have also encountered people that love what they do for a living.
When did we become okay with just settling? When did we develop the mentality that we shouldn’t enjoy how we make a living? Most of us will spend the majority of our time, the majority of our lives working—shouldn’t we enjoy that time as much as we can since we give so much of ourselves to it? Now, I realize that sometimes we just absolutely have to do a job that we don’t necessary like in order to make sure the bills get paid, in order to provide for our families. But even in that situation, shouldn’t we be allowed to aspire to something better, especially when that realization hits us?
I think we deserve more than we settle for. I think we owe it to ourselves to not keep ourselves in an environment that breeds misery and discontent. Now, I am not advocating that we all go quit our jobs after a rough day. Sometimes it is just a rough day. But when it becomes a pattern, I encourage you to look at the cause – maybe it’s your overall environment and maybe it’s God’s way of preparing you for a change. If you find yourself in a situation where you know you need a change, start doing things in order to prepare for a new and better opportunity. Don’t settle. We all deserve better than we are willing to give ourselves. We are worth happiness. We are worth joy. It matters. You matter. I matter. Don’t settle for less than what God has intended for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11