The Value of a Faith Based Job Search
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord,
not for human masters.”
A job search should be dramatically different for those in the faith as compared to those outside it. A job search can be a true faith-inspiring, growth-producing adventure with God.
God wants all of our lives; any decision, problem, joy, and sorrow to be experienced and lived with the question, “What would Jesus do?” in the front of our minds. And that certainly includes a job search; because of the bag of emotions, the cloud of fear, and the chains of finances that engulf us in a job search.
First, let’s consider what drives the world’s job search:
- I am all alone: The loneliness, humiliation, and isolation keep them in glass bubbles. Some individuals do not even tell their spouses for months they lost their job. That’s alone!
- My future depends on me: If I am going to make it I’ve got to pull myself up by my bootstraps and dig myself out of this hole. If I don’t do it, no one will.
- My fear drives my actions: I realize I’m only about three months or so from losing everything…living on the street, and that scares me. My fear drives me to chase every job that comes even close to fitting my skills.
- Doors only open when I beat on them: Nothing will happen that I don’t make happen. Doors won’t magically open.
How sad a picture is that! And yet that’s a picture of how the world conducts a job search.
Contrast that with our job search built on a different foundation: A faith based job search
- I am a part of a community: I’m not alone; there are caring people all around me. When I rejoice, they rejoice. When I weep, they weep. I need to be plugged in to community life.
- My future is in God’s hands: I don’t direct my own life independently from God. He is acting, He is guiding, He is orchestrating the symphony whether I see Him or not.
- My trust drives my actions: I may not always have a clear sense of God’s direction, but I trust He will use even my mistakes, or those of others, to get me to a fulfilling job.
- Doors open as God opens them: I don’t need to bang on every door until I’m exhausted. I do need to take on the tasks of an effective, Biblical job search and watch Him open doors.
What a contrast; from sad to adventure. That’s your job search as you engage in it with God.
Father of dreams, if I’m honest I have to admit at times my search is more like the world’s than Yours. Help me have your eyes and engage with You in my search.
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