I wanted to save the best for last…
Put your identity in Jesus
You will undergo failure.
Everything will be ok if your identity is secured in Christ. Consequently, if your security is in anything else (like your job), you will crumble under the weight of failure and disappointment.
But you don’t have to spin your wheels trying to justify your reason to exist, when you are, as Paul declared, “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24)
- Missional Millennials (part 5) ~ The Narrative of Mission (christopherlazo.com)
- Missional Millennials (part 4): Evangelism through community (christopherlazo.com)
(image © Washington Post)
Be ready to go
Some college students are perfectionists. And since they cannot make up their minds, they forego every opportunity (even some great ones) because they are not sure if it’s exactly “What God has called them to.” I’ve seen people crushed by anxiety over decisions like this.
Perfectionists, sometimes God will call you to mediocre opportunities before he brings you to your dream job. If you keep looking for the perfect job situation to drop from the sky, you risk missing out on a lot opportunities for God to glorify himself, not to mention relief from your need for perfection :-)
You still need to hear the voice of the Lord, because not every job is the right job. But seek the Lord in every opportunity (or lack thereof), even if it’s not what you were hoping for. It might change your life.
Be ready to let go
(Not everyone has a problem with this. Some of you are itching to let go of what your doing in pursuit of something better. I wrote something for you here).
This post is for the Millennials who are content with life as it is.
Whether you are working a regular job, or hibernating in your mom’s house playing World of Warcraft, you are satisfied with the way things are, and are not particularly open to other opportunities. This isn’t a bad thing in itself.
But God may want to cause a disturbance in your system.
Below is a photo that I took from the top of the Mason Street campus at Brooks Institute of Photography, where I used to work. You can’t see it, but across the street and to the right of this window is the original Channel Islands Surf shop where Britt Merrick used to work. At different points in life, we both had dreams. I worked at Mason Street Studios aspiring to be a professional photographer, and Britt grew up across the street, awaiting the day he would take over Channel Islands.
Ironically, we now work with each other in the white warehouse pictured in center of this frame, doing what we thoroughly enjoy, yet never envisioned. God moved us from one side of the block to the other.
My new career path is not always something to romanticize over…I would probably have an easier life doing what I planned on. But ease in life is not a good motivation. Nor is it necessarily fulfilling. You don’t want to go through life settling for what’s “good” when “outstanding” is available.
We had to let go of something good, to get a hold of something better.
More importantly, we had to obey God. And from my own experience, there is no sorrow in that at all. There is never a regretful aftertaste in obeying Jesus.
The joy is always worthwhile.
There will be times when you know God is speaking to you about his plans for your life.
You just gotta let go.