What is it models, photographers, performers, clothes designers have in common? They all maintain portfolios of their works. Good ones keep these portfolios up to date and are always quick to display them to anyone interested. You see, they know their current gigs are going to end and so they are always prepared to enter the job hunt ... even before the current assignment is completed.
Many of us look at our current job as being the last we will hold! Oh, we anticipate different assignments and various promotions, but all with our current employer. Perhaps we are forgetting who is really in control of our work history [future].
God places us in our places of employment! He also moves us when it is time. We can be certain in His oversight far more reliably than we can be certain as to the tenure of our job. Should we not take a lesson from those who are more certain that jobs have a set longevity? What would it look like if we aligned our practices with those of the "gig" economy? Here are some ideas:
Decision making is a critical skill that deserves our attention. When God has quickened our spirit and we join Him in an intimate and personal relationship, He gives us new life. In this new life, we are finally capable of making decisions which can be pleasing to Him.
So what is the process of making decisions about your future career? To start with, you have to have a frame of reference for creating a decision model. I often talk about "sticking a flag in the ground!" If we don't have a sense of direction in which we want to travel, it becomes impossible to actually make a decision. When we make a decision, it will either move us toward our flag, or it will move us away from our flag. There is a third option to come from the decision matrix, and that is to move our flag to a new location. Without having planted a flag out there, someplace, we cannot really make decisions.
Many of the people with whom I have counseled over the last four years have come into our group basically seeking the same job he or she last held. This desire is understandable. In most cases, we feel we were doing well in that role and should be able to contribute very quickly to our new employer's efforts doing what we have already done. Another "benefit" of pursuing the same type of job is that we don't have to do a lot of work to make ourselves "presentable" for that type of position. This type of thinking is false!
Looking at our next assignment from a Biblical perspective allows us to see that God is a god who desires growth in us. If He has finished with us in our old position, why would he send us back into the same position? What else is there to learn? Why would we not expect Him to place us in a job where we will be stretched and have an opportunity to grow and master even more responsibilities?
As we spend time with our Father, over our job search, let's ask Him to show us how He plans to grow us, so we can be seeking the right types of positions.
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