Happiness in our work – His gift to us


He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.

As single parents, we often feel as if we do not deserve to be happy.  We feel that working and taking care of our children and household is all we have, and that happiness is something that only happens to us fleetingly.

Yet, God’s word tells us that is not the way our lives should be.  Don’t get me wrong – this is no “prosperity gospel” business.  Notice here that His word says we may eat and drink and find satisfaction in our TOIL.  He is not telling us we will find satisfaction by sitting around doing nothing and expecting everything.  Obviously, we are created to WANT to find satisfaction in our work.  It is His GIFT to us!

Are you happy in your work, as a single parent?  Does your job give you a sense of satisfaction, as well as giving you time with your children?  This verse follows the “A Time For Everything” verses.  The verses that tell us there is a season for everything.  This is your season to be a parent – even if you are a single one.

I had to learn this the hard way.  As a single parent, I wanted to provide my son with everything a two parent household would provide.  As a teacher, I knew I had to supplement my income.  So I did, with several different part-time jobs.  They were mainly work from home, or jobs that only pulled me away from home once or twice a month.  However, I continued adding jobs, until, at one point, I had FIVE jobs!  I was no longer getting satisfaction from my toil.  Quite the opposite – the heavy workload was causing so much stress, it was making me ill!  On top of that, my teaching job, at the time, was becoming extremely unsatisfying. 

So, with much prayer and time in His word, and some wise counsel and prayer time with a wonderful sister in Christ, God made a path for me to leave all that behind.  He knew it was my season to be a mother to a teen.  THAT takes a lot of energy!  My five jobs reduced to two.  I began teaching at my son’s private, Christian school while I continued to take teaching jobs from an online college.  The online jobs were offered, and I could make the decision to accept them or not.  My workload reduced, my stress reduced, I could sleep again, I had time to take care of my home again, but best of all, I could be a better parent to my son again.

Oh, and did I mention I walked away from 22 years of teaching for the same district (only 8 years left before retirement) and took a very, very significant pay cut?  He provides. 

He has made my work very satisfying without making me feel overwhelmed and unhappy. 

It’s verses like this that remind me that He does care about the little things, like if I am happy or not in my job.  He DOES care! 

Lord Jesus, thank you so much for caring about everything in my life.  Thank you for giving me the time to be a mother to my son. Thank you for providing for us.  Lord, I pray anyone reading this that is unhappy in what they do spends time with you – in your word and in prayer – to find direction.  You want us to be happy in our jobs!  You love us so much!  Thank you, Lord.  Amen

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