Joyful Work
Piotr Potoczny - Aug. 28, 2018

Getting a new job is exciting. The overwhelming feeling of accomplishment, hopefulness, and change is blissful. However, after few weeks, months, or years, that feeling seems to wear off. It becomes easier to see the flaws and problems that once were coated by the excitement. Irritation and disappointment, seem to, arise more easily and frequently. Conflicts and tensions that weren’t there before spawn and spoil the experience. It becomes tempting to compromise and retaliate, even to throw in the towel.

Lately I was more prone to get frustrated at work. I got easily irritated. I got consumed by thoughts of how I would do things better. I started to notice things that get completely overlooked and unaddressed. It started to affect my attitude. I was no longer coming to work excited and thankful. Instead of being unmovable in the Lord i was swayed by the flaws of this world. I was no longer showing grace to my coworkers. I wasn’t being patient and kind. Instead I was showing the “I don’t care” attitude. I began to complain and focus on all the negative aspects of the job.

Fortunately, our God is faithful and long suffering. He reminded me “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17. Another scripture that kept coming to mind was 1 Corinthians 15:58 “ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast. Immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” I kept asking God, everyday before work, for the past few weeks, to give me strength, grace, peace, and joy. He has been so faithful to answer and now I get a chance to share that with my coworkers. In a place that is filled with complaints, resentment, and hopelessness, God is moving and bringing light to the lost. It’s those situations where unbelievers can see the hope we have in us. In face of adversity and tribulation we have confidence in God. We can rejoice in times of trouble. We can be calm during an intense storm. We can praise though the toughest pain. For God no issue we bring to Him is too small or too big. Our circumstances are not hidden from Him. Wherever we are, God is with us.

I’m a thankful for the place God has placed me in. I lost sight of it for a while but God has brought me back. I’m overjoyed and excited to go to work again. I can stand confident in God’s promises and hope that we have in His resurrection though HIs son Jesus Christ.