Finding The Best Employment Advice
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3: 5,6
“Lean not to your own understanding.”
Oh how often we do lean on our own understanding, and never look for employment advice outside of ourselves?
When you lean, you are resting on something or someone for support; whether it’s a building you are leaning on, a friend’s shoulder, a walking cane, or your own understanding. The ability of that thing to hold you up depends on the nature of the thing itself.
If you lean on a sand castle, though they can be beautiful, you won’t find much support. If you lean on a walking cane with a crack, though it appears strong, it will probably fail soon also. The same is true of “our own understanding.” It may be good for a while, but it will eventually fail us.
Whose advice and understanding should you lean on?
The key, as these verses depict, is to train your own understanding to be God’s understanding, God’s perspective, God’s direction. And that takes time, because His perspective is not something that comes as part of our normal understanding.
For example, God’s will is that we:
- Suffer, while we look for comfort. (Phil. 1:29)
- Submit, while we strive for independence. (I Pet. 2:15)
- Serve, while we want others serving us. (Mk. 10:42-45)
Nevertheless, God does guide…
He does provide direction to help you conform to His understanding. How does He guide? He uses a variety of avenues to get through to us, including the scriptures, prayer, the Holy Spirit, circumstances, conscience and counsel. So who should you seek counsel from? The Scriptures give some there, and also tell you to listen to:
- Different age groups
- Those we disagree with
- Those with wisdom
- Spiritual mentors
- Christian friends
Whom should you be seeking counsel from in your job search? You may want to set up a weekly or bi-weekly meeting with those people for this purpose.
Heavenly Counselor, thank you for your presence. Give me the courage to ask others for counsel, and wisdom to listen to advice with a biblical filter.
If you would like to explore working with a Christian centered Career Coach, Contact me for a no-obligation 60-90 minute job search consultation with America’s Job Searching Coach, or text me at 425-220-0707 and we can discuss your situation, your résumé, what you would like to achieve, and structure your job search to fit your uniqueness.
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