Encouragement for Battling the Angst of Starting a New Job

Starting a new job can be hard. There are a lot of questions begging to be asked aside from when is payday.  How will you fit in? What value can you add? Can you make a difference?

Anytime we venture into something new, even if it is something old and familiar that we are clearly equipped to do, a certain amount of angst accompanies the start of a new gig. You might find yourself doing something you didn’t imagine ever doing (at least not again) or that you didn’t know you could do.

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And then, if you’re a believer, there’s the big question of how will you represent the One Who Saved You, sharing your testimony through your actions, attitude, and approach. Know that people do this all the time, every day, in workplaces all around the globe.

God delights in an honest day’s work. Remember that Paul worked as a tent maker. Jesus was a carpenter. Our Lord is a worker who remains at work since the beginning.

Let your work speak truth and light to those you engage with at your new job. Demonstrate love and joy daily while striving to bring more energy into the room than you suck out. And whatever you do, do it well. Be reliable, on time, and a good teammate. Do the little things that make a big difference to those team members that where there before you ever thought about arriving. Listen, learn, and adapt. Be flexible. Smile.

These are some of my thoughts on starting a new gig. Hopefully, you will find this post to be an encouragement to you. How about you? Have you started a new job recently?


The Devotional Guy™

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)




  1. Wally Fry says:

    Perfect as I have just started a new job

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  2. That’s awesome Wally. Me too.

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    All the best then!

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  4. Thanks Wally. Hope all goes well with your new job also.

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  5. While I am a now a retired teacher, I feel like my writing journey has been a welcome path for my life these past three months. Psalm 1:6 reads: for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous.” I feel that He is leading and watching my new journey.

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