One of the most difficult assignments I ever had to undertake in my career as a journalist was interviewing a pro-abortion advocate and what made this hard was that I was supposed to help sell a pro-choice narrative.
I know I was supposed to be an impartial storyteller but being 'me' who loves to tell stories that resonate with me and my values, this article was a hard one. I did the story anyway but was left feeling conflicted, wondering if that was a good investment of my life. I had not strengthened the family, or the body of Christ and Christ surely didn't purchase me for that.
With time I have learnt to ask myself some tough questions whenever I need to take up assignments because there is a kingdom I represent and I need to represent it well.
I came across these tough questions online, and they are a good wrestling ground as you prayerfuly consider new callings, opportunities, jobs, tenders, career paths as a growing obedient Christian.
- Does it reach to the least of these?
- Where's the harvest plentiful and the workers few?
- Where's the passion?
- Where's the gifting? God gives people gifts for accomplishing work he wants them to do. What are you skilled at?
- Where's the training?
- What will strengthen the family?
- What will advance the cause of Christ?
- Does it feel like a good investment of your life?
- Does it fit with why you believe you were created and purchased by Christ?
- Which needs will you be personally responsible for? What will you be accountable for?
- Which needs are you in a good position to meet, that you find particularly pressing or that others are unwilling to meet? What does the world need that you are able to give.
- Can this work be done to the glory of God? Can it be done as unto God?
- Where is God working and where is he inviting me to work with him?
- Christ called us to be his disciples. disciples follow. I'm I following Christ, where he is calling me or leading or am I more concerned with following he patterns of his world?
- Does this help you know, love, display and enjoy God?
God equips and empowers us by his Holy Spirit to undertake things we never thought we are skilled or trained at in obedience to his leading. So that we do not rely on our own strength or get to claim that by our own hands we prevailed. think Moses the stammerer being sent on a speaking job to Pharaoh. think Gideon the littlest being sent to deliver Israel from the Midianites. trust the God who created you to know what you can and cannot do. Sema hidden talents. We are not always 100 per cent self aware on what we can do or are gifted for. Late blooming is real, but God makes all things beautiful.
Whatever decisions you weigh, pray pray. Prayer will refine your desires and purify them. Prayer will give you clarity. And God has promised to give us wisdom when we ask.
Finally, whatever your hands find to do, do it as to God. All work is God's work. We need to work in a way that people will see our work and give God glory. God's greatest work in the world is to make himself look exceedingly great in the eyes of people everywhere.
I've been looking at this list because I am currentlv because I am the perfect blueprint of INFPs when it comes to careers and confusion and dissatisfaction. I am even afraid of committing to a Masters course because I have no idea what career I am going to be in next five vears. there's the childhood dream ha
I've been looking at this list because I am currentlv because I am the perfect blueprint of INFPs when it comes to careers and confusion and dissatisfaction. I am even afraid of committing to a Masters course because I have no idea what career I am going to be in next five vears. there's the childhood dream that still burns bright, there's what I studied in school and almost mastered in and that I have largelv been unsucceessful at making a career out of, there is what I have been doing the past 13 years, there's my dream job (which has been so elusive since I first applied for and was denied an internship there post college), then there is the call of the wild that tags at my heart.
My dream job needs to help me develop and implement new ideas, should involve a career helping others, should allow me to work independently and give me much needed flexibility. It needs to be intellectually stimulating, accord me autonomy, help society, pay adequately (I am no starving artist), yield results and give me the ability to affect other people's opinions and ideas. Who is hiring?