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Finding Meaning in Your 9-5 Job

After I graduated from college, I always wanted to jump right in to an editing job. The summer after graduation, I applied for every available position in the publishing industry. I waited and waited for a response and slowly, the rejection emails started pouring in. Each company thanked me for my interest in the position and told me that they went with a candidate who had more experience. I knew, when applying, that each position required at least 2-3 years of experience in order to be considered; but my hope was, that one of the companies would give me a chance.

In order to make ends meet, I knew I needed a job. So, I began applying to positions outside of editing and publishing. I was accepted into a position at a credit union as a teller. At first, I hated it. I’ve been in customer service for over ten years and customer service is a huge part of being a teller. I became very frustrated with life. After all, I went to school and studied my butt off. I even have student loans to prove it. I thought it was unfair that I was back in the customer service industry just because no one would give me a chance. I didn’t want to work hard in a job I didn’t love.

Then one Sunday morning, I sat and listened as God spoke to me in the sermon. Our pastor talked about how God can use us where we are in life. You see, there were many aspects of my job as a disciple that I wasn’t keeping in mind.

  1. Maybe God hasn’t opened a door to a different job because I have more work to do for Him at the credit union. God might want me to witness to someone or simply show His love.
  2. Perhaps I haven’t been given a chance at a publishing company because I am not ready yet. There are so many lessons in life that I still have to learn.
  3. God might have a different plan for my life all together. I want to be in publishing, yes. But is that where God wants me? I think, instead of making a goal to get into publishing, I should make a spiritual goal and let God plan my life out. Don’t get me wrong, this idea isn’t one I entirely love. I’ve wanted to be in publishing for a long time but God’s plan comes before mine.

I will probably always have the desire to be in publishing and be a writer. Those dreams will never go away. However, as I work my current job, I need to serve God in all that I do. He has placed me in my current position because He needs me there. Maybe I will never know the reason, but as long as I work for God, I will be making a difference. Colossians 3:23 says,

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23 NIV

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