“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18, NIV)


Why do we get up every morning at 6:00 a. m. so we can get to work by eight? Why do we spend all day in our offices, classrooms, cubicles, and other places eight hours a day, five days a week doing things we truly dislike? Is it simply so we can make enough money to pay for the things we need to survive, or is there more to it?

I talk to very few people who really love their jobs. Occasionally I’ll find a teacher who’s doing it for the kids or a doctor who is really trying to make the world a better place for the rest of us, but generally speaking most of the people I talk to are working just to pay the bills – because they have to. They don’t like their jobs. As a result their attitudes suffer.

When we dislike things, we tend to complain. We’re quick to “strike out” at someone for no reason at all. When someone hurts us, we feel the need to get back at them. We lose our compassion. We have no desire to “love” those around us. We develop “road rage” – not just on the road, but in our lives in general. All we want is for this day, this week, this month, and this job to be over! It’s extremely difficult to see any “good” in the things and the situations around us.

Peter tells us to chill out! We are to model ourselves after Christ. Take a look at all the things Christ endured, especially the cruel death He accepted so that we could “find” Him. Of course, Christ wants us to love our jobs – whatever we do – but it is much more important to “die” to those things that are bringing us down and to “live” for those things that bring us closer to the Lord! We will never truly be happy until we accept the Holy Spirit into our lives and turn away from those things that cause us grief.

Here’s what the Psalmist has to say:

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.

They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (Psalm 34:12-16, NIV)

We don’t need to change careers or jobs to find happiness or contentment. We just need a little more Jesus!

Holy Spirit

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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  1. “We don’t need to change careers or jobs to find happiness or contentment. We just need a little more Jesus!” That’s a great line and so true. Great post, Dave. In His Service, Jeff


  2. bwcarey Says:

    that’s the story of love, believing in the good of others, amen


  3. garden2day Says:

    Our attitudes are everything. We can desire a different space or we can enjoy the space we are in. I think we have to like who we are and not who we are trying to be or wish we were. Great post! Take care of yourself! 😀


  4. Yes we do! In my walk, it’s often me who needs the changing, not the circumstances. 🙂


  5. Brilliant! I needed to hear this today!!!! Thank you 🙂


  6. rod Says:

    Great blog good word


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