They say hindsight is 20/20. And in hindsight it is clear to me how God wove all of the threads of my passions, talent and education into my dream job, but the process was super messy, uncomfortable and frustrating.
No one tells you that everyone finds their calling in life differently some us take 4 jobs in 7 years and others land just in the right spot straight after college.
I think rather than pursuing careers or agonizing over our callings we should just pursue Jesus. Let’s just run hard in His direction and the other things just have a way of falling into place.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~Matthew 6:33
From my own experience the more I chased Him and the clearer my path became. Things were fuzzy and out of focus when my gaze was on building my resume.
I once heard a story as part of a sermon on calling about three masons. The first man was approached by a bystander and asked what he was doing. The mason with a hint of annoyance in his voice replied, ” I am hammering away at this dumb rock, and I can’t wait until I go home.”
The bystander then asked the second mason what he was doing as he was hammering diligently large blocks of granite. The second mason replied” “Well, I’m molding this block of rock so that it can be used with others to construct a wall. It’s not bad work, but I don’t think this is what I really want to do the rest of my life.”
The bystander then asked the third mason who was hammering his block fervently, while taking the time to stand back and admire his work. He looked at the bystander and smiled before proudly proclaiming, “Me? Well, I am building a cathedral!”
God wants us to want Him more than anything because when we are totally focused on Him, not because of what He can give us, but because of who He is, we can be trusted with the master plan.
The master plan is His glory and the building of His church.
God uses humble and surrendered people because He knows that when things pile up at work or we are exhausted or unsure or when we get the promotion or the big stage, we will just point ourselves, our successes right back to Him.
I feel so honored that God has given me a vocation that allows me to use my gifts for His glory and kingdom in my 9-5 sphere of influence, but this job is not the ultimate end, it’s just my part in building the cathedral.
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