Dead-end jobs

Have you ever felt like your job is a dead end?

Today I saw a post on Yahoo entitled – How to Escape the Cubicle.  I found this like most posts to have some decent information but nothing that would be earth-shattering or make a huge difference.

Unfortunately, every job that I have held thus far has been a path to nowhere.  It is equally hard to watch others get promoted, advanced, given greater opportunities and I feel like I am marking time.

Some would say, “You are called to ministry, why would you let that bother you?” “You should not want to advance in the jobs that you have had and currently have, because they are not your career”  Well, here is the reality of life, I have a B.A and an M.A. and I am finishing the last 10 hrs on my MDiv.   I have not received any offers within a ministry context.  I still have to support my family and put food on the table,  so working in the secular workforce is unavoidable even though they have no use for either of the degrees that I have earned.    A degree used to mean that someone has accomplished a task that requires a great deal of discipline.  Many people start college and never finish, so for someone to go the distance represents a great accomplishment.  Unfortunately, nowadays,  you can barely finish high school have no college whatsoever and somehow work your way into some unbelievable situations making more money than people with the education and experience.

Reality is that no matter where you find yourself there is (or should be) a desire to glorify God by doing your best at whatever it is you are tasking with doing.  There is also a need that we have to be rewarded or recognized in some form or fashion (raises, stock options, bonuses, etc.) for one’s hard work and subsequent achievements.

Even when it may seem like a “dead end” One must remember the words of Psalm 75:6-7

“For exaltation comes from neither the east nor from the west nor from the south.  But God is the Judge:  He puts down one, and exalts another.”  (NKJV)

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One response to “Dead-end jobs

  1. I’ve had my share of job/career angst over my 42 years of working (after H/S graduation). Brief thoughts:

    1. We need to think think biblically about “work / career / jobs”.
    2. There is no true separation between ministry and secular careers. (Although I allow that there is a place for vocational (paid) ministry)
    3. A job that provides for self and family AND is legal and moral in its pursuit is NOT a dead end job. (Examples of a job that is legal but immoral would be a card dealer at a casino).
    4. We must not measure ourselves by the world’s measure of success. Denny Hecker, Tom Petters, and Bernie Madoff were successful. The wealthy business people, sports starts, or media stars are not our (the Christians’) model of success.
    5. The job that one might consider “dead end” is a mission field unto itself. (And not an easy one!)
    6. Ministry degrees (I have one myself) really don’t mean anything in the non-ministry world. But did we expect them to? I didn’t!
    7. Some good verses to contemplate: I Tim 6:8, “having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” and Eph 4:28, “let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need”

    Few ministers (I’m speaking of Pastors now) reach the level of medium income. I personally know perhaps as many as 100 Pastors that either lived or currently labor near the poverty line with little or no benefits (dental, health, retirement, etc).

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