No matter what circumstances you encounter each day there are always different vantage points and ways to think about them. The same is true for a job search, particularly if you are unexpectedly between jobs and are scrambling to seek out a new position.
- Something I have to do. It’s true that the lion’s share of the effort to find a new job falls on your shoulders. However, as a believer you have the knowledge and comfort that God will be by your side during the process. And, He has very broad shoulders.
- Something that is hard to do. There certainly are difficulties associated with finding a job. However, most things that are rewarding in life require personal effort and some heavy lifting.
- Something that will be painful. Really? How much additional pain will there be if you don’t put effort into finding another job? If you play a musical instrument, did you find yourself complaining and perhaps even thinking that all that practice was painful? I know I did. Yet the fulfillment today more than makes up for any discomfort along the way.
- Something you don’t ever want to do again. Perhaps you won’t find yourself between jobs again, however, in every situation you can uncover invaluable insights about yourself, your relationship with others, your relationship with God, and about real-life ways to find a job.
- Something that I need to get behind me. If you have adopted any of the above perspectives about your job hunt, then you probably agree with this one as well. However, even if you never need to hunt for another job again, the lessons you will learn through your current job search process are valuable for your self development and also may be ones that you can pass on to someone else facing similar circumstances. So, keep your eyes open, take notes and identify ways to turn this experience — one that you may not have chosen — into a positive springboard for the future.
- Something of life-long value. Wow, how can that be? Well, changing employers, taking on new job responsibilities, meeting new friends and colleagues, even moving to a new location can be life enriching. These changes may not feel much like fun at the time, however, God desires that we develop our talents and skills to their maximum potential. Look at your current circumstances using a telescope, not a mirror.
- Something that God will use to His honor and glory. If you place this mental framework around your current circumstance, you may find that you are much better able to cope with the challenges you face each day in a way that is uplifting not only to yourself, but to those around you.
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12 NKJV)
Know that God is willing and ably to richly bless your future and He wants you to use your full range of talents and experience to bring honor and glory to His name and mission. Look at your job search through these lenses to truly open up your eyes to the life-long value found within your current circumstances because of (not in spite of) the challenges you face.
By Keith Lundquist
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