Career Trap

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.—Romans 12:6-8

Work and career have been, and always will be, an interesting journey for man. There are more and more specialized opportunities in the world today than ever before ranging from technical trades to leadership positions. Yet with as many opportunities as we have, I still meet so many men who are unfulfilled at work. Many are frustrated by projects, politics, processes, people, and power dynamics. And as they encounter these, a private question stirs in their mind about calling, "If this is not it, what am I made for, and how does God want to use me?" The facts are many. First, we are all given limited time in life. Second, we are going to spend most of our time at work. Third, we desire to steward the skills we are given for maximum impact. Fourth, there is always parts of the work that we are not going to enjoy. Fifth, we are each apportioned "gifts that differ." Discovering career fulfillment in the middle of these facts remains challenging. Today instead of being frustrated with the process submit to it—be faithful. Invite God to bring to attention the people, places, and positions God wants you to have along the journey. And remember, the gifts God has given only to you are a "gift" from him—inferring he gave them to you for a reason and a purpose both in work and ministry. Discover them. Name them. Use them. Steward them. Invest them. And from here watch God give you a greater and greater opportunity and you, in turn, become the man God designed you to be.

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.—Luke 16:10

DO THIS: Take a spiritual gift inventory here: Spiritual GIft Assessment  And discuss it with someone.

PRAYER: God, thanks for making me the way I am, but help me to know it and invest in it as I look for joy and fulfillment along the way.

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