Who Is In Control of Your Job Search?
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Do you ever have the feeling you’re losing control?
- The grass needs to be mowed
- The garage door needs repair
- The toilet is not flushing right
- The smoke alarms are all broken
- The newly purchased plants need planting before they die
- Ad infinitum. YIKES!
Where do you start? What’s top priority?
Then there’s your job search!
- Your résumé needs to be rewritten
- There are ads to respond to
- You have a list of networking contacts you need to reach out to
- You need to touch base with your references to be sure they’re prepared
- And the list goes on. Another YIKES!
Again, where do you start? What’s top priority?
Control is an ever elusive concept…
Did you really ever have control? There are just too many factors over which you have no control, but that have a definite impact on you, to even think you have control.
So give up that delusion. Much better to let Him who does have control have you. Let Him do His work in your life through all of the frenetic activities that swirl around you to bring His ends to pass.
So how do you do that? How do you let Him have you in the midst of apparent changes? Our friend Joseph (Gen. 39ff) may have some advice from his prison cell. Joseph may have felt much like you: there were so many things he really needed to do to get back on track, but control of his life was in the hands of the warden and control of his destiny was in the hands of God.
So what did Joseph do that we can learn from?
- He clarified his focus; he focused on what life was really all about, being true to himself, and true to God.
- He clarified his tasks: he did all he was given to do as doing it unto God, and was held in such high esteem by his jailers.
- He clarified his response; there was very little he could do to get himself out of prison, so he learned to trust in God.
- He clarified his orientation; he wasn’t oriented to the day of his release, he stayed oriented in the present.
How about you? Where’s your focus, tasks, response, and orientation? Learn from Joseph and make your vocational prison God’s adventure also.
Father of the here and now, I must admit my focus is on the future and a change in my circumstances. Help me make the most of the here and now.
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