My Career Pursuits and God

I am a woman who has been striving for many things in regards to my career. From reading self-help productivity books to watching videos online for insights or figuring out certain things in different ways which could help me do my work better or find myself in a better higher-paying job position.

Week after week I would read paragraph after paragraph of insightful perspectives from different professionals who have succeeded in their careers and trying to emulate the same for my own career success.

Eventually, I started applying for job openings which match my goals and vision that I have for my own career. And then, disappointments.

Days turned to weeks of waiting for interviews.

I could clearly see God testing me in these moments, especially once I finally had my first job interview.

The first job interview offered was from a prestigious company in my field. The work in itself I knew would drive my career forward to reach my eventual career goals. God showed me signs that seemingly felt like it was the one for me. Every goal, and vision of mine matched with the job prospects.

I had the interview and waited. 7 days had gone by and still no answer or email from them.

On the last 2 particular days (6th and 7th day) was when I have felt dejected and at a loss. I was drained of energy from a potential disappointment and was demotivated to do anything else. Weeks of learning, reading, preparing for the interview did not seem to pay off. So instead of my usual reading time with my books, I ended up laying on the bed feeling sorry for myself and sad for not having heard from them yet. Questioning my answers to their questions, thinking of better things that I could have said to drive their confident decision in hiring me.

I was sulking on my bed, watching non-stop Netflix shows when I decided to sit up, and finally talk to God.

This was when God showed me what He wanted me to learn in the pursuit of my career plans. I stumbled upon a Youtube video by Pastor Michael Todd (the Pastor whose video became viral in regards to his relationship goals sermon).

Ultimately, what I learnt was that my identity is not found in the job title, or position or job description and what it entails. Pastor Michael further described that, yes, people acknowledge that he is a good pastor in sharing God’s message the way he does but ultimately, God still gets the glory and not him and his teaching abilities. His identity did not lie in the way he spoke to God’s audience or people. It ultimately landed on God. That the resources that we have that God provides are just tools for us to utilize to serve His people better and Him getting the glory. It is a life-altering thought that stopped me on my tracks.

This was eye-opening for me, and I cried out of realisation of such things because I have been too focused on achieving all these things on my own for my career plans that I lost sight of who I was doing this for. Working for God, not for people. That He would use us as vessels for His important work and glory, in humility and drive. That our work is based on doing the best for Him, in excellence and enthusiasm. No matter what that work could be.

There will always be books, Youtube videos, serminars, conferences, and social networking to get us through our careers. But these are just tools to help us get into working better, to serve people better, for God and remembering that we are honoring Him with our work. To strive always to do well in our work activities, and also being content in where He has currently placed us while we wait for the next job opportunity where He would need us next.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:22-24 NKJV

In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23 NKJV

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. – Psalm 90:17 NKJV

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