No matter how much you love your job (and if you do, you’re in the minority), you will encounter frustration, difficulty and disappointment from time to time. People will let you down. Technology will fail you. And you will make mistakes – even fail – now and then. It’s common to respond with worry, complaining or getting yourself into a funk. But giving thanks and choosing to rejoice when you feel flat is the most genuine thing you can do.
When bad work experiences steal our joy, it can send us down a spiral that zaps all productivity. This only exacerbates an already tough situation. So what do we do?
Even when we find ourselves spiraling, turning to Christ can change everything. And in the darkest of times when peace escapes us, choosing to rejoice because we know who and whose we are is a centering anchor that brings hope to our situation, no matter what it is. We can give thanks because God is present in the midst of turmoil, bringing us strength, wisdom and support. When we turn bad days, weeks and years over to the Lord and choose to rejoice in Him, He strengthens us and gives us peace to share with those around us.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18