Stop Trying to Figure Your Life Out

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” Romans 5: 3-4.

God, I called out, solve my career problems for me!

Almost everyone I know has some sort of problem in her career. Whether it’s big or small- needing a bigger paycheck, a kinder boss, more hours, fewer hours, or just some extra energy. For me, I need a career to start with. Any career. I just can’t seem to make up my mind. In the meantime, I’ve been bouncing around from job to job, trying to feel out what’s the right direction to head in. So far, none of them are a good fit. I’m starting to wonder if it’s the jobs that aren’t working, or if I’m the real problem.

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It’s kind of like waiting for love. You don’t want to sit passively twiddling your thumbs, so you talk to guys and go out on dates while praying for God to direct you. After a while, though, you’re tired of looking. Tired of waiting. Can’t God just give you the right man already?! This is the same cycle with anything, really. Finding a home, trying to get pregnant, deciding where to move, etc.

When I called out to God this time, it was an immediate answer. No, not the answer I wanted. It would have been easier if He just said, “Okay girlfriend, you and I are both tired of your nagging. The answer is: you’re going to be a lawyer! Congratulations!”

Instead, I knew the answer on a gut level: This life-stage isn't a problem to be solved. Your occupation is something you grow into; something you discover over the course of your life, and there is no right answer.

My life doesn’t start when I find the right job. My life has already started-- it’s going full throttle. The meaning I’m hoping to find through a career comes through how I live my life day by day, in how I choose to love others, and how I choose to spend my time.

Lord, help me to spend my time wisely, not waiting for something big to happen, but through the million little things. Show me how to love with my life.

WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER

Career, Hard TimesSarah Witmer