If you let your job define you, when you no longer do that job, you will essentially feel that you have nothing worth living for. Conversely, you can (and should) find real meaning outside of work. That’s not to say you shouldn’t put your best efforts into your work, but don’t give your entire being to your job and lose perspective of what really matters in your life.
Beware of constantly seeking external validation for your work efforts, validation that often will seem just out of reach because of the fickle and fleeting nature of business “success.” Avoid the lure of the corner office for if you someday arrive there, you will soon long after the penthouse suite.
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” (Luke 9:25 NKJV)
Rather than striving after the perishable things of this earth, seek God’s honor and glory as your measuring stick of true importance in this life. Put God first, family second and your job a distant third.
Go back to the creation story and recall that after God created Adam and Eve He put them in the garden to tend and keep it. Yet, His greatest joy wasn’t watching His created beings “working” in the garden. His greatest joy wasn’t admiring the beauty of the fields, trees and plants they tended. Rather, His joy certainly must have been walking in the garden in the cool of the day and communing with His created beings.
Perhaps God has given you this unexpected time between jobs to prayerfully reexamine your life priorities. Take this time to put your next job into the right order on your (and God’s) priority list.
You may surprised to be led to another job option that isn’t found on the next rung of the traditional career ladder. Yet, it may be just the right step for you to take on your faith journey hand in hand with God.
By Keith Lundquist
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