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Prioritize and Choose Joy

I have been listening to people gripe about their jobs and their church, lately.  I would suggest there is no perfect job, no perfect church, and even no perfect person (except for Jesus Christ).  Let me see if I can shine a little light on some ways to prioritize your values and choose joy.

I know several people that hate their jobs, but they keep at them and complain all the time.  Why do they stay? 

Perhaps they want to look for another job and can’t find the perfect one.  So, they settle and stay where they are.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a different job…

  • Income
  • Location
  • Work-family balance

Yes, the perfect job would have all three of these at the point you most desire but that is a rare combination.  Often a compromise is needed.  If you make your decision based on what is most important to you, it will help you make a choice that you can live with, happily.

I was having a conversation with a group of women when one of them commented, “I’m a Christian, but I don’t go to church.”  When I asked why she said, “I hate church.”  My response was “Well, you haven’t found the right church yet.”  She agreed, she had given up looking.  Finding the right church can sometimes be a daunting task.  Jim and I visited many churches, then visited a few of them a second time, before deciding on the one we are at.  He loved it so much, he left his corporate job to work at our church.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a church…

  • The style of music
  • Expected Attire
  • Preaching from the Bible
  • Missions
  • Welcoming
  • Community Involvement
  • Denomination (or non-denominational)

People decide to attend a church for various reasons.  Whatever your “list” is that you are looking for, put them in a priority order.  Same as with a job, the perfect church is hard to find, but if you can check off most of the items on your list, it may be worth giving that one some serious consideration.

With employment, as with churches, find one that makes you happy.  Neither will be perfect, all the time.  Expect some bumps in the road and disappointments sometimes.  One incident is not usually a reason to quit your job or leave your church (unless it’s a major incident).  If you have chosen wisely, based on your priorities, you should be able to work through any slight hiccups and continue where you are without difficulties.

#StressLess  #ChooseJoy

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