11 May

By Khutso Mokgehle

Lately, I have not been happy at my 9-to-5 job. Office politics and just feeling like I am not being rewarded enough for the work I do. 

This has affected me a lot. My attitude towards work has changed. Funny thing is it is not just me but many other colleagues as well, so going to work is really demotivating and draining. 

As I am thinking over and over about how unhappy I am at work, Jeremiah 29:7 gives me a solution; "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare".

This was a message from God to the people of Judah who were about to be exiled as they had rebelled against God. Through the mouth of prophet Jeremiah, God is telling His people that they must pray for the city they will be exiled in, this is because the success or the welfare of that city will have a direct impact on their success and welfare. 

This is an eye-opener, I can choose to be negative and drag myself to work every single day, or I can pray for the welfare of the organisation that I work for knowing that an answer to my prayers will give me the peace and welfare I need. 

Working in a stressful environment can have a detrimental effect on my wellbeing, this has the potential of affecting my performance as a mother and wife too. Especially considering that 40 hours of the week are spent in an unhealthy environment, I really need to pray for the organisation. I do not know how long God plans to keep me in that space, but while I am there, I need to perform to the best of my ability (Colossians 3:22-25), respecting my managers, treating my colleagues with respect and honouring the clients and dealing with them with all goodness, patience and gentleness. 

This is a mission I am about to embark on, and I am hoping to share a testimony soon. 

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