God gives us each a unique set of gifts (Romans 12:6). Maybe your gifts include a knack for teaching, writing, or music. Maybe you’re great when it comes to showing empathy or compassion. Whatever your strengths, they came from God and He had a reason for giving them to you!
Is it any surprise, then, that we find ourselves drained when we aren't using those gifts? If you're working 40 hours a week and not using those strengths, you're bound to feel discouraged.
That isn’t to say you should turn in your notice just because you don’t have the dream job you’ve always wanted. Life is full of bumps and detours. It’s normal to have a dry season here and there. But if you’re always running into a wall or feeling unfulfilled, you might need to step back and consider some other options.
It’s impossible to cover every single sign that points to quitting your job. But if you can relate to all five of these, it might be time to pack your bags and go elsewhere.
1. You aren’t passionate.
If God planted a passion in your heart, He did it for a reason. It isn’t just there to daydream about during soul-sapping meetings. Let’s be honest . . . when you love what you do, you have a greater chance of success. And you're more likely to find peace and contentment in your work.
2. You dislike the people you work with.
Who wants to spend 40 hours a week (or more) with people they don’t like? There probably weren’t a lot of hands raised for that one. Even if you like what you do, who you’re doing it withis a big contributing factor.
3. You don’t believe in the mission.
It’s hard to be somewhere eight hours a day, five days a week if that company’s values don’t line up with your values. If you hate debt, you’re going to have a hard time working as a loan officer. You might be able to compartmentalize at first. But chances are, you’ll have to wrestle with that discomfort at some point.
4. There’s no room to move up.
If you’ve already climbed to the top of the ladder but have more to offer . . . what do you do? Being content at the top is one thing—but what if you’re still miserable? If there’s no room to grow and develop your skills, you might start to feel stagnant. Your spirit will start to sink, and that’s no good for you or your employer.
5. God is calling you elsewhere.
Consider this the ultimate sign that it’s time to move on. If you have a feeling in your gut that you can’t quite put into words, it could be that God is calling you somewhere else. It might be a new company or a different career altogether. Maybe you need to take the plunge and follow your passion by starting your own business—who knows? But if God tells you it’s time to go, He has something better in store.
At the end of the day, we’re just as responsible for stewarding our talents as we are our dollars. Everything belongs to God, after all. That includes our work (Colossians 3:23).
That doesn’t mean you need to quit your job without a plan. That’s never a good idea. But if you're miserable, it might be because you aren't where you're meant to be. You might be hearing God calling you to take a chance. Trust Him and go where He leads.