I QUIT, Wait, I Lied… can i have my job back?


Since we returned from our trip to visit family in Oklahoma and Kansas, I have quit my job five times. To spare myself further embarrassment, I won’t let you read all the emails that I sent to my boss. Here’s an example:

John, I just have too much going on. I have so many commitments and only 24 hours a day and as much as I love working at South Run, I just can’t do it!

Ok, I changed my mind. I enjoy the income and it’s not that many hours. Can I just work on Monday and not on Saturday?

Wait, wait, wait. I need to just quit working. Can I just volunteer? I need the flexibility.

OK, I’m really, really sorry. Just ignore all previous emails and I’ll keep working my regular schedule. Sorry, I’m just over dramatic and easily ruffled. I just had to catch back up with life after being out of town for 2 weeks. I’ll be OK.

What’s really embarrassing, is that I’ve done all this before, at other jobs. I have also applied, gotten hired, panicked and quit before I ever started. I know, by now you’re convinced that I’m a total flake and you’re really glad that I’m not working for you. Right?

Most of my extracurricular activities revolve around my desire to serve Christ and others for the benefit of His kingdom. Whenever I am asked to serve at the church, to help with a particular ministry, to encourage a downcast Christian, to volunteer somewhere or to join another Bible study, I’m loathe to decline.

By Thursday, I was laden with guilt. What kind of a witness for Christ can a flake possibly be? But is it OK to turn down the opportunity to do something for someone else or for a good cause in the name of Christ?

Anxious to serve his Master, [the Christian] finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, “Help me to serve thee, O my God.” If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, “I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it.” Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not forever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labours. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect.  – Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

So, in the spirit of anti-resolution, I commit to dissolve my over commitments and my self-imposed efforts to further Christ’s kingdom.

Father, use me as much as, and only as much as, you desire. And leave enough of my frail energies as to fully devote myself to fellowship with you!

4 thoughts on “I QUIT, Wait, I Lied… can i have my job back?

  1. Hello Abby Kelly,
    Maybe a little off topic, however, i was thinking that i got too burned out at work, and was thinking about quitting.

    and then i read an article on the net saying “never quit” because then you don’t get severance package, and if you don’t start another job right away, you will automatically be denied of unemployment benefits.

    Or is it good to ask if the company has some layoff plan, whether I can be the one laid of instead of another coworker?

    Another friend told me I don’t want to get fired because in the next job hunt, the form I need to fill in may ask “Why was your reason of leaving?” or “Did you get fired?” and if I don’t say I got fired, it will be lying.

    Or, if the potential new company call my old company, asking whether I really worked there and the “reason of leaving”, and if the old company says, “he was fired”, then the new company very likely will not hire me. But on the other hand, I heard that old company won’t say that due to possible law suit. Is it better to quit or get laid off/fired?
    BTW great blogpost

    1. Thanks for your feedback. It was a grueling decision ?: and I’m obviously indecisive! Fortunately, this is a part-time, really fun job. I won’t be unable to pay the bills without it, but like you said I don’t want to burn any bridges. Besides, my conduct reflects on Christ!

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