There I was again, idling in rush hour traffic, trying to find enough podcasts and music to fill my almost two-hour commute to get to a job I didn’t even like. Whether it was the worship music I was listening to or the fact that I hadn’t moved more than an inch in the past 15 minutes, I felt myself burst into tears as I cried out to God: “I thought you had so much more for me!”
Don’t get me wrong; I was thankful for my job. I was thankful for all the jobs I had. But they all had one thing in common: After six years of trying, none of them were anywhere near my dream job.
Maybe you’re finding yourself in the same position. Maybe you feel like God has called you to something big, something only you can do, but your daily reality doesn’t hold up to your dreams. So what do you do?
The Bible is full of people who had horrible jobs, people like King David. Before he became king, David had to spend all day watching his father’s flock. David lost his friends, and even had to flee for his life countless times, and waited years to finally see God’s promise fulfilled. You might feel like you are just following smelly sheep around, waiting for your turn to do something great. God honors those who seek Him, even while they wait.
The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25)
Don’t let your present circumstances steal the joy of the promise God has for you in the future.
Use Every Opportunity to Serve
No matter what kind of position you find yourself in, you can always serve those around you. Does your boss expect too much from you? Are your coworkers out to get you? God calls us to serve those around us; in fact, he is our ultimate example:
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:43)
Serving those around you turns your office into a mission field, and it aligns your heart with a reality greater than a paycheck. Service gives our hearts purpose, and that purpose will give you the fuel you need to keep going.
Have a Plan and Act On It
While God gives us beautiful promises about our future, that doesn’t mean that we can just sit back until they come to fulfillment. We are called to be good stewards of every opportunity we are given:
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. (Luke 16:10)
Start making a plan of how you can get the job you want. Use social media sites like LinkedIn to find people who might be willing to meet with you. Take classes that can help you improve your skills. Join a group dedicated to the industry you are trying to get into. Find ways to set a budget and trim spending so you can take an internship.
You might not have your dream job yet, but preparing yourself now will set you up for success in the future.