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Is a Bad Job Better than No Job?

picture of beggars

With unemployment high and jobs scarce, some people are coming to the realization that, in order to work at all, they might have to settle for a job that they would have never considered. Others are finding it necessary to stay in jobs they don't like. A sobering reminder of today's economy is seeing more people with "Will work for food" signs. The cat in the picture above looks like it could be saying, "Will work for effect."

Here are some pictures of people whose jobs, frankly, I would not want. All I can say about the first one is YIKES!

picture of bad job

I guess the job market is tight!

picture of bad job

This job is just plain gross!

picture of bad job

Can this be for real?!

picture of bad job

In the picture below, the German translates as "At the wrong time in the wrong place in the wrong job?"

picture of bad job

I ran across a German website whose schtick is to strategically place pictures on the sides of machines, advertising their job-finding services with the slogan "Life's too short for the wrong job." Some of these are extremely clever. I will give some help for several since the pictures might be hard to figure out.

An instant photo machine...

picture of bad job

Airport security machine for scanning carry-on luggage...

picture of bad job

picture of bad job

picture of bad job

So THAT is how those kiddie rides work!

picture of bad job

If you'd like to see more, you can go to the site shown in the pictures above. Let me warn you that some of them may not be to your liking, especially if you tend to fragility.

Our daughter Megan posted some great pictures of our grandson Drew on her blog this past week. I'll share several of my favorites.

Megan and her friend Beth took their little guys to a mall to see Curious George. Drew was delighted, and Joey was not.

picture of Drew and George

Afterwards they went to Krispy Kreme for warm donuts. Here's a picture of the boys watching the donuts go by on the conveyor. Our little peanut is just barely tall enough to look in the window without assistance.

picture of Drew and Joey

That's almost enough to make me want to be working on the other side of that window!

Later in the week Megan did a post about the golf clubs Drew had received as a Christmas gift. The weather is nice enough now for him to begin to enjoy trying them out. Here are a couple of shots of our young golf pro.

picture of Drew and golf

picture of Drew and golf

If you want to see more, head over to Megan's blog.

What are your thoughts about bad jobs? Would you currently settle for any job, even a bad one? Is there a bad job in your past that you're happy not to have as a part of your present?

Happy Memorial Day to those who have a day off work! Even though I have to work today, I'm thankful to have a summer job. I'm especially thankful for those whose sacrifice have helped secure the freedoms we currently enjoy. May those freedoms erode no further!


"God created man to work, and so man is unhappy when he's doing nothing productive.... It's the fallenness of this world that makes work hard and unenjoyable." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.

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12 Comments on “Is a Bad Job Better than No Job?”

  1. #1 Michael
    on May 25th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Probably the worst job I ever had was being a telemarketer for a Christian marketing firm. It was not my cup of tea to call people up and try to convince them to buy something that they probably didn’t want or need. Additionally, I knew how I would be annoyed if I were the one being called. I decided I’m just not cut out for sales.

    And, congratulations on the grandson and his budding golfing career! Looks like he has good form already except for his grip — he had a left-handed grip but was swinging right-handed. I’m sure he’ll get it straightened out and that it’s not a big deal right now. When will Drew and Grandpa be hitting the miniature golf links for some putting practice?

  2. #2 Rob
    on May 25th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    @Michael – I’m with you on this one. I would have to be completely sold on a product or service myself before I could ever attempt to sell it to others. And even then, it would not be my preferred activity.

    My golf prowess has probably already been surpassed by little Drew. Sorry, but he’s best left in the capable hands of his dad who is assistant manager of a golf course. 😀

  3. #3 Barbara H.
    on May 25th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    One of the times I most admired my husband was when he worked three part-time jobs to support us between college and his first professional job: he had a newspaper route, worked part-time at Radio Shack, and part time at a gas station. It was humbling when his Physics prof pulled into the gas station where he was working, but I admired that he did what he could to support his family. He’s always had a great work ethic. But I am glad he didn’t have to do that for long before moving on to something he really enjoyed.

    I discovered sales was not my forte either after trying a couple of direct selling jobs (Avon was one). No matter how much they tell you can work those kinds of things as much or as little as you want, you still have a manager pushing you to sell more. I don’t like being pressured to buy and hated even more trying to “get” people to buy.

    Barbara H.’s last blog post..Memorial Day

  4. #4 Sue
    on May 25th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    These pictures had me laughing out loud, particularly the airport security one!

  5. #5 Doodie
    on May 25th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I have the best “job” in the world–I teach! After 28 years of middle and high school students, I can say that I have never had a bad year – a few rough weeks, maybe, but the Lord worked out everything to His and my good. I cannot imagine hating to go to work in the morning, and I wonder if I would take a job I hated. I am thankful, for now, that I do not have to make that decision.

  6. #6 Rob
    on May 25th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    @Barbara – That’s a great tribute to your husband. I wish such a strong work ethic were more wide-spread. And as far as Avon is concerned, I’ve heard the question asked, “How can they get that many women to take orders?” 🙂

    @Sue – Glad they gave you a good laugh, especially the airport security one. I loved that one too.

    @Doodie – I agree concerning teaching. I just finished my 36th year of teaching – 11 years of junior high and high school and 25 years of university teaching. I can tell that I’m slowing down as I push 60, but put me in front of a group of students and my weariness or illness seem to disappear! 🙂 It’s hard to believe that I have former students turning 53 this year! And I’ve seen some who now look older than I. Yikes! 😀

  7. #7 Dave
    on May 25th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    In response to your questioning whether or not the Chinese shooting range picture was real…it appears to be…check out the link below:


    Dave’s last blog post..Charles Lindbergh’s BBQ Apron

  8. #8 Rob
    on May 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    @Dave – Yikes! is all I can say! You have to hope the marksmen have excellent aim.

  9. #9 Uwe
    on May 26th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Is a bad job better than no job? I think this depends on many points. May be that temporarily doing a job I don’t like is a good training from the Lord to make me more available and capable to every good work. So if I ask Him to lead me to His honour and glory and if it is my intention to fulfill the task he gave me to glorify Him with my life, such a period may be necessary. However, it is not only true in theory but it’s also my experience that he has a way for everyone who trusts in Him.

    Several years ago I had a time of “no job”. But the Lord gave me the grace that I could believe in His leading also in that. In this time I could first work as a consultant for 16 months. After this I had no work for nearly 5 months. But then he gave me a new job. First again as a consultant and about 400 km far away from my home in that time. But a few weeks later I could apply for this job to get it with permanent contract also because it was showed very clearly that this job suited very well to me. The job I actually may do is so clearly given by Him that I’m entirely sure that I’m now there where he wants to have me. So my wife and I moved in this area of Germany where we’re now living since 2 years. However, this job is not my dream job, even if it suits to me in many aspects. But actually I know the Lord wants to have me here, and that’s enough for this moment. More is subjected to His further leading and what is connected with that also regarding my skills and further personally development of me and my wife. So actually I may have peace on this point. (Unfortunately I cannot tell the whole story here – this would require much more room.)

  10. #10 Rob
    on May 26th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    @Uwe – You have added a wonderful perspective to this question. I agree completely that many times the Lord clearly leads His children to a job that they do not thoroughly enjoy, just to teach them more about Himself, about themselves, about His Word, about life, and about other things too numerous to mention. Being in the center of God’s will is wonderful, although not always easy. He does not promise us an easy path, but He has promised to go with us on the path He choses for us.

    I rejoiced as you told us your more complete story in our home and in the home of Phil your last evening with us. I rejoiced, not because your story included difficulties, but because you saw Him and His kind hand in the midst of those difficulties. I pray that you will continue to do that in all of God’s leading in your life. Please pray that I will do the same in my life.

    (I removed your apology for your English. You have no need for such apologies — you expressed yourself perfectly well. 🙂 )

  11. #11 Richard
    on Nov 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    This is a valuable question to ask. In a bad economy, it is better to have a bad job than no job and it is not dishonorable. However, people become complacent and then keep the “bad job” when the economy improves because they forget how qualified they really are … perhaps because a “bad job” does something bad for their psyche and self-esteem. When in the “bad job”, it’s important to always be striving and applying for the other jobs.

    .-= Richard’s most recent blog post … How Long Does It Take To Get Tax Refund Back =-.

  12. #12 Rob
    on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 am

    @Richard – Thanks for breathing life into an old thread. You make several good points. I know people, though, who could undoubtedly hold down a “better job” but yet they opt to stay in the bad job because it gives them the freedom timewise or otherwise to do many things that a different job wouldn’t. “Better jobs” sometimes bring with them responsibilities and demands that make life outside work more complicated. I think there may be something to be said about blooming where you are. Just some other thoughts….