Defeating Job Stress

“So I decided there is nothing better than to … find satisfaction in work.  Then I realized that this pleasure if from the hand of God.”  ~ Ecclesiastes 2:24

 
 

Peter Drucker, Leadership guru, said the four hardest jobs in America are the President of the United States, a University President, a CEO of a hospital, and a pastor.  Now there is no doubt there are heightened stress levels in all of these positions of leadership.  But I cannot think of anything more difficult and less paid than our active enlisted military personnel or emergency service responders, as in police and firefighters.  Need I say more?

 
 

But here is the truth.  There is job stress, like never before, on every level.  Here are some job stressor statements:

 
 
  • I don’t know what to do with my life.
  • I feel like a failure when I don’t succeed at my job.
  • I hate my job.
  • I work too much and I’m burned out.
  • I don’t feel like my job matters.
 
 

All of these statements create a defeatist attitude that emboldens stress in your life.  Here’s what we need to do:

 
 

To stressor statement # 1 above, here’s the remedy.  ASK GOD!  Ask God what to do with your life.  “If you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him, and He will gladly tell you” ~ James 1:5. 

 
 

Stressor statement # 2 reminds us of the words of Solomon; “So I turned in despair from hard work.  It was not the answer to my search for satisfaction in this life” ~ Eccl. 2:20.  Your true value comes from who you are in God.  The ultimate purpose of your career is not to fulfill YOU!  Your greatest satisfaction and fulfillment come in your relationship with God.  What must happen is that you separate your identity from your job.  Many times that’s where the stress comes from.  We cannot not separate who we are from what we do.  That causes tremendous amounts of stress. 

 
 
Or how about this stressor statement … “I hate my job!”  Can there be anything more stressful than being in a job that you don’t like and working with people you can’t stand?  Here’s the solution:  Do what you love and love what you do!  In Ecclesiastes 9:10, God’s words of wisdom tell us, “Whatever presents itself for you to do, do it with all your might.”  And the Apostle Paul reminds us, “Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord Himself and not merely for others” ~ Colossians 3:23, TPT.
 
Remember:  “It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves.  Our only power and success come from God”  ~ 2 Corinthians 3:5.
 

~ Pastor Greg


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