January 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm #2945
In Courage – Career Choices and Consequences
How dramatic that sounds!
Yet it really is. At least for those of us who work and worry, that “thing” we do to pay the electric bill can be wonderful and terrifying, beautiful or horrid.
But, before anything else, and before deciding how to feel about all this, remember one thing: Even if you do not believe in God, He believes ever so strongly in you. The things that He wants to do in your life will make you blink in amazement. Even His most painful surgery is only, in the end, for the purpose of making dim eyes see, and making twisted legs run and leap! (Sadly, this broken world usually is somewhat short on anesthetic!)
But that said, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” God hides beauty inside hearts, pleasure inside marriage, and glory inside trials. And He hides the hearts of Kings inside of ordinary people like you and me.
And, whether we acknowledge the Creator or not, these truths at once constrain and propel us like the banks of a river, which provide direction and push us forward whether we see those banks or not.
But you need work, so why all this metaphysics and religion?!?
Only this: Career choices and decisions are out there, right before you, but unless you know that they are out there, you will never really look for them, and that is truly frightening. This can be a scary time, and everyone has their own story, but I can say that, in 2009 and 2010, I was truly terrified. I am not, in my own nature, a very brave man. It would have been more natural for me to be too frightened to ask myself, “What if I wasn’t a _____? What if I tried something new?”
Scary? Well, go up four paragraphs and start reading again.
Here’s why: The way forward for you is out there, and you need to know that it is, because it may take some real digging to find it. I have a nearly pathological love for chocolate, and, if I only think it might be there, I may, sooner or later, give up on the search. But, if I am absolutely sure that it is there, I will dig through an entire box of lesser candies until I find it.
(And why so many words to atheists? It’s because He has a special love for you. He is the billionaire across the Atlantic, calling his separated son or daughter, listening to your phone ring. Whether or not you pick up the phone, He’ll still try to email you the number to your checking account!)
I am no stranger to becoming discouraged, giving up, blaming everyone else but me, and every other kind of mediocre skill, and so I am writing to everyone who also needs some very good reasons to do more than just hang in there!
Next Week: “The Two-Minute/Two Page Resume”
All I can say is this: I was very experienced in writing my resume over the years, but what I learned in this and the next two sections doubled my effectiveness in that part of my search! (And don’t miss the Intergalactic Resume Skeet Shoot.)
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