Would you turn down a job because it interfered with attending services?

United States
July 10, 2007 1:19pm CST
Well for those who dont know I have made the choice to get away from the engineering field and plan on getting into health or social care. Yes I know I sound like a bleeding heart liberal now but I truely wanted to make a positive change somehow and I have only seen negative things being involved with engineering and automotive industry so far. So I had a job interview today but I had to turn it down because it was weekends and stand by on the week days for the first 90 days. It was something I really wanted ot do and the pay and benefits werent bad either. I still plan on making the changes no matter what but right now church is very important to me and the simple fact is I feel if I compromise on it I will be back to my old ways before long. I plan on going back to college this fall not to finish out my graduate degree but to switch to the medical or mental health field. I know some people would think I am crazy to give up a well paying job and struggle with relearning a job that I will earn less for a long time to come but I think I need to make this happen.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I would not work on God’s holy day. But this is my conviction and you have to decide for your self. I depend on the lord to provide. Here are a few verses that might help The Sabbath should be a day of delight and rejoicing, a day which we forsake our thoughts and words for God's thoughts and words. Isaiah 56, 58 The Sabbath is a time to lay our burdens down and rest. We should not do any servile work on the Sabbath. This includes our entire family, even our servants and beasts of burden and strangers who live among us. Jeremiah 17; Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 We should be reverent and show God that we love, honor, and respect His authority. Psalm 89:7, Habakkuk 2:20 In my church denomination we learn that the Sabbath is a holy day and is not a day for most work. There are a few exceptions. The people that do Work that cannot be shut down such as DR.s nurses and firemen and policemen are doing the Lords work because he healed on the Sabbath This has also been called legalism but it’s not legalism if you feel convicted to not work on his day. If you would like more information you can find some at this website. http://www.sabbathtruth.com/keeping_it_holy.asp
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks for the reply deebomb. Also thanks for the refrence links and the verses.
@saintz87 (439)
• Singapore
12 Jul 07
Wow, I am glad that you have made that decision that Church Service is more important. I feel that we should put knowing, and experiencing God first instead of any other things. Personally, I would rather go for svc than to work on that day. Only with His relevations, could I stand to stay free like I am today. That is why as a student, I would rather look for online opportunities, rather than to work at fast food restaurants to earn some bucks because I do not want to sacrifice my worship, and sermon time.
• United States
12 Jul 07
Nice to see I am not the only one but I do seem to be the only one trying to make a major change at such at late point in my life. But than again wasnt Moses like 80 years old when he lead the Isrealites out of Egypt? Think I would much rather go through a change at this age instead of at that age....lol.
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• Malaysia
12 Jul 07
I think you should make up your mind and your final decision now. Going hence and forth doesn't solve your problem, you will lose your time and age. As you grow older it will be more difficult to get a job, because every new job needs you to have some experience or a fresh degree. If I were you, I would have accepted the job that you went for interview. It's not that bad. They only required you to stand by for the first 90 days. You just have to be more patient. I hope you the best of luck. Have a productive day ahead!
• United States
12 Jul 07
thanks for the advice ladysurvivor and I am sure I sound like a religious nut for being so into religion right now but the truth of the situation is that its been a rock to stand on and my solid ground. Without a doubt I know this is going to be a hard journey but its something I feel I must do and I also feel that I must do it a certain way.
@magnet (2089)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I was once looking for a job and I finally had an opportunity but it required that I work every Sunday during church services time. I had to turn it down because I believe in keeping God first in my life and I also had prayed for the right job when the time is right. I did not feel like that job was the answer to my prayer. I don't think that God would give me a job that would require me to give up going to church.
• United States
11 Jul 07
I understand exactly what you mean if its meant to be than there wont be any difficulty other than the searching.
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
well if your really decided to do this and if it makes you happy to have an achievment like it then go for it..doesn't matter if people think youve lost your mind or so..just do it as long as your happy with it..i see there's nothing wrong with what you want to do..as lots of people switches job field from their orignal work field..its normal and being in the health care field is quite impressing because it means helping others..good luck
• United States
11 Jul 07
Thank you for the reply and the words of support.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
10 Jul 07
I think you need to do what you feel is best after you have talked and prayed to God. If you feel like this is the best then I don't see any problem with it.
• United States
10 Jul 07
Thanks for the reply. I definately think if it was meant to be than it wouldnt have been a problem. Maybe the next one will be the right one if not I will keep pushing onward.