Doing Work You Don’t Like Doing

by | Sep 17, 2014

You have elements of your work that you don’t like doing, don’t you? Everyone does. I definitely do. For me, when I have to dig deep into budgets and P&L’s, the air gets real thin.

I had a conversation with a leader this week that broke my heart. My friend is a doctor. He is well-known as one of the best in this area. And he absolutely loves his patients. He takes the time to build relationships, he is excellent at his craft and he views his work as a wonderful mission field. But he told me that he is now incredibly frustrated with his work. With the well documented changes in healthcare, he now spends a significant part of everyday sitting in front of a computer. “I hate it”, he said.

While I doubt that any of us want to hear that a gifted, relational doctor is pulled away from helping his patients, this is the new reality of his job. Even though he didn’t want to hear it, I couldn’t help saying “welcome to the real world!” Everyone of us have elements of our jobs that we are not good at and don’t like doing.

But, there is hope for those painful tasks. If you read just these two verses, only five verses apart from one another, we have just the encouragement we need:

  • And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Colossians 3:23-24

So tomorrow, or the next day, or the next…when you stare down that evil task, reflect on these two powerful bits of wisdom. It may not help me manage my budget and P&L better, but hopefully I’ll be doing it with the right perspective!

Closing the gap,


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David Roth

David Roth has been the president and CEO of Workmatters since October, 2003. Workmatters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a mission is to help people pursue God’s purpose for their work. Since then, Workmatters has been used to impact thousands of leaders in Northwest Arkansas and across the U.S. Prior to leading Workmatters, Mr. Roth was vice president, sales and marketing for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Before joining J.B. Hunt in 1999, David was the senior vice president of marketing for Manugistics, a supply chain management software provider in Maryland and vice president of marketing for American Software in Atlanta, Ga. He also has nine years of supply chain management experience with McKesson Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. and Harrison, Ark. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas. He resides in Fayetteville, Ark. with his wife, Theresa and has two sons, Dylan and Tyler.