How Can You Stay Committed To Your Job Search?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Commitment: a powerful word. Yet its use is sometimes confusing. You are to be committed to
- your God
- to your family
- to your work
- to your church
- to yourself (in terms of maintaining your integrity and authenticity)
But how do you handle commitment to your work when you’re in a job search?
Is it commitment to finding your next job?
Is it commitment to the job search focus?
What is it?
Can You Avoid Distraction?
You may have heard the saying, “When you don’t have a job, your job is to find a job.” The idea is that you should focus on your job search and not be distracted with all the other chores that could steal time from your search. And that’s good advice.
But when it comes to commitment, you may want to think broader than that. God is at work in this world, building His kingdom, inviting people to join, and enlisting members to become part of His adventure in pursuing the same objectives.
What does it mean to be part of His adventure?
- First, there is a higher calling. Most of us don’t have the luxury of not having to work, but when actively taking part in God’s adventure, your work takes on new meaning. It’s no longer just a job to earn a paycheck, but it is a place God has placed you to do His work also as you watch for those hurting, lost, struggling souls you rub shoulders with and have the opportunity to offer comfort, direction, and understanding.
- Second, you attain a broader perspective. Because your job (or job search) is now part of His adventure, you can begin to see beyond that to what else God is doing and where else you could be used. Your work and your search are not a single focus but part of a broader perspective.
- Third, you approach life with a more flexible agenda. If your work role changes, if your job is eliminated, if you’re feeling like changing your geographic location, if you feel directed to change your vocation, it’s not as traumatic an experience because you are more flexible; you hold these things more loosely when participating in God’s adventure.
Being in His adventure does not eliminate work struggles, problems, or challenges, but they are seen from a different perspective, as He is growing your value to Him and His plans as His adventure unfolds.
Do you see your work or your job search as part of His adventure? He invites you along for the ride!
Master Trail Guide, too often I get focused on where I am and what I am pursuing. Help me to see the hike more as an adventure trail with you leading.
If you would like to explore working with a Christian centered Career Coach, contact us for a no-obligation consultation and we can discuss your situation, what you would like to achieve, and structure your job search to fit your uniqueness.