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Job hopping is a strong indicator that one has not found his or her calling.  It can also be very dangerous…..jumping from that "terrible position" into the frying pan where the condition is far beyond “terrible”.  During this time of high unemployment, with plenty of individuals seeking employment, job hopping is especially not advisable.  

In many cases, this bad habit is the result of individuals who have a problem with being contented.  The lack of contentment in one's life isn't necessarily restricted to one's work life.  This is because they have not concentrated on what God says about this subject and fail to count their blessings  They are too busy searching for the perfect situation even though nothing in the hands of a human is ever perfect.

        But Godliness with contentment is great gain. 

(1 Timothy 6:6)

When writing my book A Worker Need Not Be Ashamed, I was careful to emphasize that I must remember that God  never promised me a rose garden.  Life is not a bowl of cherries.               

But, before I become unrealistic, let me quickly emphasize that movement from one organization to another one may be justifiable.  It simply should be handled very carefully or a worker may wake up one morning wishing it had never happened.

One of the most difficult times of my life was when I had to decide if I would move out of public education into industry. I loved my students, first and foremost, and I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with my superiors. I loved public education so much, you could easily find me in my office at the school on a Saturday morning. No, this was not required but it was a quiet place where I could prepare my lesson plans for the next week and just enjoy knowing that God had placed me in this place.

So, when I received a call from the Human Resources Director of a major corporation wanting to meet with me and discuss the possibility of joining that company as a Training Director, I initially had no iinterest in making such a move.

On the other hand, please understand that if I decided to move, it was not because God had changed my calling even though that is possible since God sometimes sends more than one calling to a worker. I positively knew why God created me and so I had a deep conviction to remain on that career path. But, since I was promised that I would be able to train thousands in an industrial setting as compared to 30 or 35 students per year in public education, the offer had to be seriously considered.

But, note I said “considered”.

There have been frequent times in my life when I have simply been stupid. It hurts to use that word but the truth is the truth.  And, I did not wish to play the game of stupid again.

Trying to determine if I should leave public education was agonizing. Should I go or stay put? I can not tell you how many sleepless nights I had while trying to consider so many critical factors.

I know you have also faced such difficult times in your life.

But, let me return to that word, stupid, which I used earlier. Here is the plain truth:

1. First., I had never learned the skills associated with good decisionmaking. I never sat down and listed all of the musts and the wants related to staying put or moving. A must can include expected salary range, promotional opportunities, not having to move to another location, work hours, etc. etc.   When you are considering several alternatives (different jobs, for example), each alternative MUST satisfy all musts listed.  And you must then consider any adverse consequences which might have to be faced as related to each possible alternative such as having to make a long commute to and from the new work location. 

2. I must hasten to say that as I now work through the decision process, I can never afford to leave God out of the equation. When I was so distressed about the possibility of moving into industry, I did not pray to Him as I should. For example, “Father, please show me any facts which I have missed because you know that my own brain is so limited compared to an all knowing God (omnicient) who can always see what I can not see.”   The lack of prayer is the major reason why so many people stumble and produce self inflicted agony for themselves.

Now when I carefully analyze the facts which are revealed through this process, I am not surprised if a green light comes on which gives me the right answer.

I am pleased to report that because of His marvelous grace, He still intervened and let me know that it was time to disconnect from the school system and still be able to travel down the same career path. As a result, I was able to continue teaching and sharing knowledge and skills with thousands. It was all in His plan for my life which He had already formulated long before I arrived on this planet. 

And, thank God, years later, He would enable me to found Worker Ministries in which teaching continues to be one of my major responsibilities as we continue to reach out to thousands with the plain truth about the Christian work ethic.

Thus, His calling continues to be fulfilled…..thy will…not mine….thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

Now, I invite you to join me on our YouTube channel.  Click below and you will find 28 recorded messages including one-minute presentations for those who have a heavy schedule:

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I look forward to being with you in October.   In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.

altVery truly yours,

Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS