As a working woman in today’s busy world, I’ve had the ultimate privilege to observe life in the workplace from a multitude of perspectives. I’ve been a receptionist, administrative assistant, office administrator, personal assistant, office manager, and most recently, a trainer/coordinator in human resources. You could say that I have had the “fly on the wall” view in the office – seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. Not only have I seen and learned what to do, but more importantly, I have seen and learned what not to do at work. This has helped me to find my spiritual wellness in the workplace, and how I hope to do the same for you.
“Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying Oh thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” – 1 Chronicles 4:10
One of the things I’ve noticed during my career is how people go about obtaining their career goals. Some have been ruthless while others have been more content to stay in the same position year after year. While personally I have never wanted to remain in one place for the rest of my life, I would never want to run over someone else without thought or care in order to obtain my next goal. God would not want us to do that either, but He does want us to grow.
We should always want to flourish in every aspect of our life, including our careers. Growth, however, sometimes brings a little pain, but we must trust and have faith that God will be there with us every step of the way. Listening to His guidance will help us to look at those big goals carefully and realize that if we fail, He will be there holding out His hand to lift us up when we fall. Remember that falling is not failure, but just a little misstep; and those we can easily fix just by standing up and moving again.
So how do we recover from those missteps and achieve our goals? Take a step back. Think about how your actions affect others. Was throwing somebody under the bus just to get that big promotion really worth it? You never know when you might need that person down the road for something really important. What if you just stay here in your cubicle, day after day, and never contribute anything worthwhile? Does that really show that you have been a part of the team or does it just show that, well…does it show that you were never really there at all?
God will indeed enlarge our coast, but only when we are ready and prepared for it. Listen to God as He leads you along the road to that larger territory. Learn what is required to take the next step in the journey, and while you’re at it, think about how your actions will affect the outcome of the journey and everyone else on the road with you. Your actions are the only things that you have control over. Let them be positive, so that the ride is a pleasant one not only for you but everyone else on the road with you.
And if for some reason while you are on the journey to that big career goal, and you decide that it’s not what you really wanted after all, don’t worry. God will be there, like always, listening to you and guiding you with His grace and love as you take the turn down a new road to something even more fulfilling than what you wanted before.