Job-hunting. How do you feel about job hunting? Excited to try something new? A bit embarrassed about trying to ‘sell yourself’? Worried about being turned down?
Job hunting. So much pressure.
If you choose wisely you could land a job that thrills you every morning. This job could make you feel fulfilled, financially stable, intellectually challenged and revolutionise your daily life. But. If you choose the wrong job, you’ll be miserable every day, feel trapped, worried, stressed, anxious, belittled…
Hang on a minute. My JOB could make me feel fulfilled, stable, and all those things? Isn’t that kind of thing supposed to be found in Christ?
This job thing is on my mind a lot at the moment. I’m applying for my first job in teaching. I’m taking on a massive workload. I will still have to balance my other responsibilities as wife and mother. I will still need to stay healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.
Here’s four wise words from the Bible that are keeping me grounded whenever I panic about whether I will choose the right job or not:
- “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)
Work is good. God does not want me to be idle. God gave me a brain, arms legs, compassion, energy and wit enough to be of use in His world. God gave Adam a job and the Bible affirms later that it is a gift of God to be happy in your work (Ecclesiastes 5:19).
- “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
Work is not everything. Ecclesiastes reminds me that ‘the perfect job’ may contribute to my happiness and wellbeing but it is not the source of satisfaction and fulfilment. My joy relies on God and the sure knowledge of his saving love for me. A job which I enjoy is a gift from Him, not a replacement for my relationship with God.
- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23)
Work at it with all your heart, whatever it is. Whether I am stuck in a dead-end job, at home looking after children, retired and offering my time to God, or working in the profession I love, I work as though Christ himself is my boss. He sees all my noble sacrifices for my job. All those times I’ve stayed late and worked hard and no one noticed. He also sees all my Facebook distractions. All those times I’ve said I was too busy and I blatantly wasn’t. Jesus is the one I am living to please more than my husband, my children or my boss. What Jesus gives me to do I will work at with all my heart, even if it is not my dream job.
- “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven…”
Pray. I’ll keep hunting, keep applying and keep working to the best of my ability. I trust God to provide the right job at the right time, with the right hours to suit my work-life balance. He knows what I need, even before I ask him. I’m still going to keep asking him, though. He’s my heavenly Father, and he loves me. That won’t change, whichever job I apply for.