I’ve been working as a contractor for a few years now (no vacation pay, no sick pay, low income based solely on the hours I work). My job lied to me when I applied and said that I would be full-time after a few months, but ended up cutting my income drastically (and even lied about my pay rate, making it a whole dollar lower from what I’d agreed to with HR when I got my check). But I had a medical condition and could not simply leave and find another job.
It was OK for a little while when I was just out of school but lately I’ve been struggling to see the blessings in my situation. There is no growth potential in the company (not even to become a full-time employee) and I am starting to find it very difficult to put effort and energy into the work. I graduated during the recession in the 2000s and have a terrible fear of losing my job/the job search/there not being enough jobs to go around. I’m starting to feel very jaded about careers and work in general, like they will always be a struggle and a place where you’re taken advantage of and undervalued. I’m not looking forward to decades longer in the workforce (if I’m even so fortunate). I believe this fear will be with me (and many others) for life but trust that God will use it to glorify Him. Maybe He wants to prevent us from making work into an idol in our lives.
Please pray for those who are like me, struggling in similar situations and uncertain about how to move forward. Even with the positive lessons, not having enough income and feeling undervalued affects every area of our lives. Please pray that God will never let us forget who we are in Him no matter how difficult our situations are.