Why is work a 9-5, never-ending grind?
- Boredom and routine. Can’t wait to leave the office and do something fun after work or on weekends.
- Disappointment and low morale. Feeling stuck in a dead-end job with no career progression, mid-range pay, and doing work that we feel makes no impact on the world.
- Feeling underappreciated at work, with no meaningful connections with colleagues.
- Dreaming of a different life and comparing ourselves with other people’s seemingly more exciting jobs (as seen on social media) – working from home, working from Bali, travelling the world and getting sponsorship from big brands in exchange for content etc.
- Why did you choose to do what you do now?
- Can you think of anything positive about your current job?
- Does your career fulfill your life purpose?
- Why do you think humans innately want purpose in their lives?
- God created humans to work. When He created man in His image, He commanded them to work and care for His creation, telling them to “be fruitful and multiply…” and to “Rule…” (Genesis 1:27-28). God Himself worked six days and rested on the seventh day when He created the world (Exodus 20:11).
- God commands us to work. He does not give us a specific job offer and it may take time to discover and discern our true passion or calling. However, there is no doubt that He created us to work, and He expects us to work to the best of our abilities, even if we have not yet found that ideal job.
- Work is not the ultimate purpose of life. Christians believe that ultimate purpose is found in a whole life devoted to God, bringing others to know His love and salvation, no matter what jobs we do. Work is only one element of life, apart from leisure, rest and worship. Our careers and professions are ultimately not the highest concern in His eyes.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:10. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
- Colossians 3:17. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- 1 Peter 4:10. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.