- Religion and Philosophy
Ready to Quit Your Job?
I used to love watching the old Popeye cartoons as a child. One of the character’s phrases has been replaying in my mind for a while now. “Thas’ all I can stands ‘cause I can’t stands no more!” The source of my frustration is my job.
I’ve been blessed with employment but that blessing came with an overbearing and highly critical manager. She nitpicks presentations, critiques every phone call and monitors every move. I am having a difficult time adjusting to this type of managerial style. My previous mangers were not as intrusive and encouraged creativity and individualism. I have always excelled at work but not so much now. I can feel the self-confidence I had on my first day with the company slowly being chipped away.
Just as I was about to compose my resignation letter, I stumbled across the following verses during my daily Bible study: “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters, according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Eph 6: 5-6).
As a Christian, I work for God. He is my true employer. To do His will, one has to stay the course. Jesus Christ is our perfect example to follow. I have decided to make Him my focus when interacting with my manager, just as I rely upon Him in every other facet of my life.
It is easy to get caught in the corporate web of conflicting personalities, toxic management and office politics. These aspects of the working life can cause burnout and discouragement. Before you write your resignation letter, however, ponder the following question: For whom are you truly working?