Good things aren’t always the best things

A job was advertised in my organisation this week.

It was a promotion opportunity and I matched the criteria. The job played to my strengths and interested me. Colleagues encouraged me to apply.

On paper, this was a no-brainer.

An Unwritten Rule

I didn’t go for it.

Not because promotion is wrong or bad. Often it’s right and good.

It’s not because I feel perfectly content in my situation. Actually, it was because I felt convicted of my discontentment that I chose not to apply.

This discontentment seems to be the unwritten rule in the UK workplace. The next job up should always be pursued.

Once promoted, the chase for the next rung of the ladder begins. And the cycle continues over and over.  

Balancing Good Things

I’ll be honest, I wanted the promotion. It would have been good to get it. But in this instance, there was something better at stake.

My contentment in the Lord.

Having more money would be a good thing, but I have enough now.

The promotion would give me gospel opportunities, but most of my current colleagues don’t know Christ.

More responsibility means more sway; but it also means more stress.

Promotion is a good thing. But it’s not always the best thing.

The Best Thing

Since making this decision, it feels like I’ve stumbled upon a secret I wasn’t looking for.

I’ve been more grateful for my current job, for the food on my table, for enough money to live on.

You could say, I’m beginning to learn the apostle’s ‘secret of contentment’ (Philippians 4:12).

One day, pursuing promotion may be a good thing for me. But in any case, pursuing contentment in the Lord is always the best thing.