Although the Bible doesn't use the word "quit" in its many pages, the concept of perseverance is everywhere. And yet, we live in a global marketplace that practically rewards professionals for keeping on the move, ready to leave a job for greener pastures at any minute. Is this the right mindset to have?
Where is "Don't Quit" in the Bible?
There isn’t much about the topic of “quitting” in the Bible. The word is transliterated rarely in the scriptures - KJV (five times), NASB (one time), NIV (zero times). More commonly the Bible uses cease or stop instead. These words fail to convey the phrase and topic of today’s post, however. “I cease” just doesn’t have the same impact when walking away from a job or some other commitment.
Ever since I was a child, I was taught not to quit. This is essentially teaching me not to give up, give in, walk away or lose heart. It was all about perseverance. And this is surely a topic replete in God’s word.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up
The Bible addresses perseverance (not growing weary or losing heart) often because humans are tempted to quit - often. Our national culture has made it much easier to quit than press on. In fact, on average, two million Americans quit their jobs each month – each month! (Really, it’s true, look it up )
People quit their jobs for all sorts of reasons. In a collection of research accessible through many on-line business publications, these are the top reasons why people quit:
At first glance these are all very good reasons to hit the road. You have probably even experienced one or more of these situations in your own career. And if you have a desired skill set, finding a new position was probably not that hard.
So here’s a question to consider: What if God actually wanted you to stay and work things out?
Do you have a bad boss? Do you make low wages? Do you work a boatload of hours each week? Are you micromanaged? Is your company doing poorly in the marketplace? Are you underpaid?
Why not figure out a solution other than quitting? Really…why not?
The quick answer is probably the best answer: It is much easier to quit than to persevere. This is a true statement. There may be an opportunity to address something going on inside your spiritual state of mind that can only be learned by staying. You may even be developing a quitter’s attitude if you just throw in the towell when things don't go your way.
It’s one thing to quit a job. It’s another thing entirely to be a quitter. I won’t give you a scale or measurement to determine whether you just quit or are a quitter. I will, however, offer insight into the symptoms of a quitter attitude with an accompanying scripture.
Symptoms of a Quitter Attitude
I’m not recommending you stay in your job and suffer through it. You may be right to leave. What I am asking is that you consider these symptoms and determine if any of them are your reasons for leaving.
If one or more are present in your heart, staying will pave the way for tremendous growth. And you can do so trusting that God will see you through it.
Shawn Sommerkamp is a motivational speaker and Executive Coach with 20+ years of Fortune 100 leadership experience. He founded Motivationeer™ to coach Christian professionals how to use their career to glorify God and support local church growth.
Shawn Sommerkamp, speaking to the Charleston Church of Christ at the New Year's Eve church service Dec 31, 2017.
Targeted goal-setting is powerful and effective. It helps us keep clarity of outcome. Breaking big desires down into smaller, achievable goals makes success achievable. The biggest challenges are overcome as we make a series of small goals that, collectively, lead to big outcomes.
And yet, just setting a bunch of goals can often be discouraging when we don’t reach them. Ever wonder why we often fall short? It’s because the goals weren’t smart! I’m not talking about whether the goals are stupid or intelligent either. I’m talking about a simple way of thinking about an activity designed to help us achieve results. It’s called S.M.A.R.T. and it stands for the following:
It’s early January.
The Holidays are over.
It can feel like we go from the ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ to the most challenging time of the year.
A more appropriate lyric, now that it is time to make resolutions & get back to work, could be one of the following…
‘It’s The Most:
- Crazy busy
- Cash poor
- Weight Gaining
…Time Of The Year.’`
It’s not that you are
You want to enjoy it, but
it can feel more like “I just want to get through it.”
Although your MIND knows that God’s will for you (according to 1 Th 5:16-18) is to:
“Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances…”
...your HEART can lag behind & this simple command can seem overwhelming.
Sometimes you can put your finger on what’s dragging you down & other times it’s more elusive ~ not really sure what’s keeping things from being ‘Wonderful’.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Give thanks, no matter what is happening in your life. This is easy…right?
A national polling firm named Penn, Schoen, & Berland conducted a survey, mid-2012, evaluating American attitude toward thankfulness. They conducted more than 2,000 interviews across the US general population. I’m only going to share a few pieces of the overall report:
Where is the one place people are least likely to express gratitude? WORK
Based on this survey, that hardest circumstance to give thanks exists in and around the workplace. Isn’t that amazing? The place we spend the most waking hours (about 2,200 hours per year, about 110,000 hours in working lifespan) we aren’t thankful for. Wow!
The truth is our career is not just a way to make a living - it’s a way to transform the world. It’s the place God placed us so that we could make the biggest difference in our service to him.
Do you remember when these 3D-Hidden Object posters
came out? They were quite the RAVE…
They were not what they appeared to be at first glance… If you wanted to understand what the poster was really about, you had to stop what you were doing, get real close to it – focus on it, and back away very slowly… and then – like magic – 3D images would appear / seemingly emerge right off of the paper (3D effect). The embedded 3D images were disguised and hidden to the untrained/unfocused eyes.
Some people (me included sometimes) would get frustrated if we could not see the 3D images fast enough – some were easier than others… and missed the ‘magic’ of the poster.