Work is a constant part of life for the modern biblical man. You are not alone, that’s for sure.
Your career, whether you are just starting, or are a veteran in your craft, it can be a source of great motivation and inspiration. It can also be a real drag and drain from time to time.
How do you know if you should quit?
Nearly every man I know has battled with that question at one time or another. No matter what line of work you are in, there can be real frustrations, but should you quit over them?
There are always some important factors to consider before making a major life-changing decision.
Is this just a job, or is it a career?
The days of staying with the same company for 40 years and retiring, for the most part are over. On the other hand, constantly job hopping from one position to another can make you look pretty unreliable.
You definitely need to take your own work history into consideration, especially if you might be applying for a new position somewhere else real soon.
If this is your career, then handle your situation with prayer and prudence, and remember, you are going to need their references.
If you are working a job without a potential future in that line of work, then maybe finding something better would be wise. Pray and ask the Lord to lead you to something better, and start looking.
If the Lord opens a door for you, great. If not, then maybe you should stick it out. It’s better than living in your mom’s basement.
How is this affecting your family?
If you are married with children? If so, then you have a God-given obligation, not only to provide for them but to spend time with them.
Quitting your current job without finding another suitable position somewhere else first, might put your family at risk, and maybe even cause them to lose trust in your leadership.
However, if your career is taking over your life, and your family is suffering because of it, then you may have to come to grips with the reality that you may harm your family, or lose them if you don’t make a change.
Your first calling is as a husband and then as a father, not as a professional.
Are you just being a whiner?
The truth of the matter is that work is hard, and there are a lot of men that don’t like hard work.
However, the Lord has put the burden of work upon us, and we are not to shirk our duties, to our family, our employer, or ourselves.
Genesis 3:17–19 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
If you are just tired of working, join the club.
Don’t give up, those who push through those difficult times and tough it out, are usually blessed by the Lord for it, and I have often seen promotions come to those who persevere.
This book would be a helpful resource to you in navigating through such a big decision if you decide it’s time to make a change in your career path.