Are you, or someone you know, unhappy in your career? Grace McCready uncovers three lethal lies that many of us have bought into at one time or another and shows us how to stop believing lies about our careers.
Three Lies We Believe About Our Careers
Even before I attended college, I thought a lot about the career that I wanted to have. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl, but as I got older, I realized that I might not be able to make a career out of writing. I quickly recognized the significant challenges that often accompany a writing career—unpredictability in schedule and workload, low income, few (or zero) benefits like health insurance, constant rejection from publishers, etc.
I desperately wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t feel confident that I could write for my career. So, after I graduated from college, I got a job at an IT consulting company. And I thrived there. I got along well with my coworkers. My boss appreciated my hard work. I got promoted after about a year.
I knew that I was where God wanted me to be, but feelings of discontentment still crept in. One of the main reasons I think I struggled with discontentment was because I was falling for these three lies:One of the main reasons I think I struggled with discontentment was because I was falling for these three lies. Grace McCready #Career, #Hope Click To Tweet
Lie #1: God can only use my gifts and passions in a career setting.
God certainly can—and sometimes does—use our gifts and passions in a career setting, but He often uses our gifts and passions to strengthen the Church and expand His kingdom. You might not have the opportunity to paint, cook, write, play an instrument, or do other things you enjoy while you’re at work. But you can certainly find other productive, meaningful outlets for those skills. For example, I’ve had the opportunity to write for young women on my blog and to write for several Christian websites. Those are gifts and passions that I can’t really use at work, but God has still provided ways for me to use them.
Lie #2: I will only find fulfillment in my career if I get my dream job.
This is a lie that I’ve often believed (and sometimes still do). I feel like God designed me with the ability to write and the passion to write. But, as I’ve learned at the IT consulting company that I work for, there are a lot of really broken people in our world—and God might want me to reach them in other ways besides through my writing. Living out our passions isn’t the only way that we can find fulfillment; there is great fulfillment in being a light to a dark world, even in ways you didn’t plan to.
Lie #3: My career makes me who I am.
Friends, this is absolutely the biggest lie that we believe about our careers. No matter what your career is—or if you don’t have a career—the above statement isn’t true. Satan loves when we tie our identities to things, like our careers, job titles, and salaries, rather than to Christ. But tying our identities to anything besides our unchanging Savior is futile and foolish. Your career might be an aspect of your life, but it’s not who you are.
I think this passage from 1 Peter sums up the truth very well:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:9-12 NASB1995).
I believe that God works in our lives, including in our careers. Everything that we do at work matters because every opportunity at work is an opportunity to glorify God. However, in trying to do well in our careers, we sometimes start to believe that God can only use our gifts and passions in a career setting, we will only find fulfillment in our careers if we get our dream jobs, and our careers make us who we are. Today, fight back against those lies and soak in the truth of 1 Peter 2:9-12.
What lies about your career have zapped your joy? Comment here.
Grace McCready enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, and watching her favorite TV shows. She is the author of Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like. She shares personal stories + Scripture to encourage young women at her blog, Tizzie’s Tidbits of Truth.
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