Five hundred years ago your occupation was mostly determined by what your parents did and your gender. These days we choose our job ourselves (from a myriad of options) and nearly all parents seem to advise their kids to do “anything but what they did.”
The number of career options that we now face bring with them the possibility of “getting it wrong”. What if I choose the wrong job? Should I change career? If you end up unhappy it all suddenly becomes your fault, because you chose it! That makes for a fair amount of pressure. Centuries ago, if your parents were sheep farmers and you had no choice but to follow in their footsteps, well you wouldn’t be worried about whether you had chosen the perfect career that matches your interests, strengths, personality and ambitions. You’d just look after the sheep.
Despite so many options to choose from, and despite a career in the airlines being a dream for many people, many at work are dissatisfied with their job. What might some Christian advice be to someone in this situation? Colossians 3:17 says:
“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.”
Here are three things to consider from the verse above. Just remember WWW.
Firstly, “whatever you do” leaves no exceptions; it applies to everyone and every activity. It is how we are to go about everything in the day. Irrespective of how you might view your work, of how satisfied you feel in it, of how much value you place on it, God is interested in it.
Next, the way we are to do it, that is, “in the name of the Lord Jesus”; we conduct ourselves such that we please him and are consistent with his teaching. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “… to do it all for the glory of God.” Col 3:23 says, “work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” How does your perspective and attitude change knowing that, your work matters to God and that we should work as if he was our boss?
Finally we are to act with thanksgiving. Generally speaking, if you have a job in an airline, things are going very well for you compared to most people in the world. We can be thankful for many things, including that we have a job at all, and a means to provide for our families. We can be thankful for the positives, even if there are negatives. Jesus Christ is in charge and in control of all things (Col 1:15-17). Through the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins, we know that God is loving and good (John 3:16). Therefore we can be thankful for his wisdom and goodness and trust him in every circumstance.
I hope that, if you aren’t thrilled about your current job, this helpful verse, will bring you perspective and encouragement and restore some joy to your time at work.