I had the distinct honor of listening to my good friend Bruce Loeffler on Friday morning. For those who do not know Bruce, he taught Disney how to serve their customers properly. Yes, really he did!
If you are in full-time job search, you actually work for You, Inc. First question I would ask, would you fire yourself for the quality of work you are doing for the business?
But I digress ... Bruce pointed out the key role team members play in your business when they come in contact with the customers. They actually become the Face of the business. When you are sitting across from an interviewer ... or having a 20 minute coffee,... or networking, you literally are the face of You, Inc.
Bruce uses the initialism F.A.C.E. to teach us about this important function we perform. This is something to think about as you meet others in your job search.
Are you enjoying God?
The Westminster Catechism opens with the question, "What is the chief end of man?" The answer as determined by the Westminster Divines, "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Stop and dwell in that statement. Our very purpose for being is to bring glory to God! How do we do that while engaged in our job search? We do it by first recognizing our sabbatical time as a gift from God, designed to move us toward being everything God intended for us when He made us. When we become more of what He created us to be, we bring God glory! We become the affirmation of His goodness (Godness).
As we proceed through the process and He reveals more of the direction we should go, we give Him glory by pursuing those leads. Also, as we work on our job hunt, we often have time which we can make available to others when we learn that they need to see God's working in their lives. As we reveal to them God's working, we glorify Him.
I would suggest that the more time we put into glorifying our heavenly Father as we conduct our job search, the more exciting and productive our search will be. As God receives this glory from us, the more He will reveal to us our own callings and we will truly experience abundant life as He promised to provide it.
As we structure the parameters of our search, let's spend some time examining for what we have been made. I recently have had opportunity to meet with friends who have experienced some really tough hardships in their lives. It is a challenge to look at what these friends have experienced in their lives and wonder how a loving God could have permitted such hardships - physical, mental, emotional! This statement shows a flaw in thinking. It starts from a premise that hardships indicate a lack of God's love.
Let's examine some truths. First and paramount is that God loves us ... He loves us so much that He allowed His perfect Son to be put to death to purchase us from sin. Second, God is in control - the technical term is omnipotent. This means God accomplishes what He purposes. So, the hardships we experience come from a loving God who has a purpose in our afflictions. And it means that He knows that we can stand! [1 Corinthians 10:13].
So starting from these truths, let's rephrase the issue by saying, if God, in His love has chosen to walk with us through these hardships, what purpose is He seeking to accomplish? How can I use the experience to assist others either to bear up or to avoid the consequences of the situations which produce such hardships?
I would suggest that Christ is our model. He that knew no sin became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God [2 Corinthians 5:21]. How can we use the hardships of our experiences to help our employers and team members avoid such experiences? Is this not the best explanation of why we suffered?
Perhaps we could spend some time this week, prayerfully, with these thoughts and then take a look our our networking briefs to see if we have identified where Father might be leading us to apply.
Sabbatical Search Accountability Group will meet on Monday, February 26th from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the Panera Bread in Green Hills. I hope you will join me. I will provide the beverages!
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