I recently came across some information and I am finding myself wrestling with it. What do you think about this?
In the book, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat author John Ortberg quotes American playwright Arthur Miller:
It is wrong, it is sin, to accept or remain in a position you know is a mismatch for you. Perhaps that’s a form of sin you’ve never even considered – the sin of staying in the wrong job. But God did not place you on this earth to waste away your years in labor that does not employ his design or purpose in your life, no matter how much you may be getting paid for it.
When I read this, I had two very strong and different reactions. The first was indignation – What the hell? What about those people who try desperately to get out of their current job situation because they feel it is not a good fit and no matter how many companies they pursue, no matter how many interviews they have, no matter how excited they are about the new opportunity – it just doesn’t pan out. Yet, they feel their current situation is not a good fit and they are miserable. Are they sinning? Or is it okay because they are trying? And if God doesn’t want them there, then why are they still there?
Then the other, polar reaction to this statement was excitement. Wow! This has a lot of promise. You mean to say it is our duty to be stewards of our time – including where we work? This is my right of passage? As a daughter of God, it is my duty and my right to engage in work I am passionate about?
What do you think? Do you believe it is a sin to stay in a job that makes you miserable? Why or why not?