Finding Your Dream Job
Some of you may not know this about me, but being a Nurse has never been something that I considered to be my "Dream Job". Nursing has always been more something that I was told I might be good at and it sounded like a very worthy and rewarding career. It was a career that I felt would allow me to care for people while still having a variety of career options. It was a career that to me, focused on service and not salary.
But it wasn't what I loved. (Though it looks like it in the picture I shared - truth is, the other two costumes were me dressing up as a veterinarian and I think a doctor...)
What I loved was writing. And creating. And graphic design. But I didn't think I could do those things.
I even had a classmate come up to me during my second semester of nursing school and say, "Anna! You're still here!"
Apparently I had raised the idea during the first semester that I may not be fully committed to this whole nursing thing...
And I really wasn't totally sure if it was the right path for me. I had a variety of back up plans in case of the (very likely) event that I might fail out.
(It's not that hard to do - if you failed one class you then had to only take that class the following semester and you were immediately put a semester behind. You also were put a couple thousand dollars behind.)
And while I'm not sure I have ever been as passionate about Nursing as I should be, it has undoubtedly been my saving grace.
I truly believe that Nursing school is what God used to pull me away from the toxic environment that college can be and the destructive habits that I was pursuing. He took me away from that and eventually led me to Watermark Community Church where I have been spurred on to pursue a relationship with Him again. I also believe God has used Nursing to continue to grow my passion for people - specifically the underserved and those who don't know the love of Christ. I also believe God has used Nursing to surround me with an amazing team of co-workers who have been so encouraging to me and so helpful and who I know I can go to with anything.
So, what I'm trying to say is...
Though nursing isn't my dream job, please don't fire me.
No, what I'm trying to say is this...
We were made to work. Even before sin entered this world, we were made to work (see Genesis 1 & 2). And God gave each and every one of us a special skills set in order to do that work - we call them our gifts. Some of us have the gift of running a business, others have the gift of writing, some of us are good at sports, and others are good at computers, some were made to sing, and others to teach. The list goes on and on.
So if you want to find your dream job, figure out what you're good at and honor God with that gift. It's really that simple.
And while you're in that process, glorify God where you are. Ask yourself why He has you where you are and ask Him how He wants to use you where you are.
Joy doesn't come from instant success or waking up one day to your dream job. Joy is something you find along the journey.
I am incredibly grateful for the skill set that I have gained from nursing. I do love it. I love serving others and being there for people. And even the rare moments when we are able to - by the grace of God - save someone's life, there are no words to describe those experiences. I do believe I will always use my nursing skills in some way, shape, or form for the rest of my life - how I will use them, I'm not totally sure.
What I'm asking y'all for today is for prayers as I pursue my career in writing - a gift I believe God has given me to glorify Him. And as I really pursue my dream to reach people of this generation and lead them to the truth of the gospel that has been seemingly outdated by the media and modern day progressives. I took a big step today and enrolled in Dale Partridge's Startup Camp. Hoping and praying it is the guidance I need to get me started on the right track towards creating a career out of the gifts God has given me.
3 Steps to Finding Your Dream Job
1. Seek God First
Figure out what desires God planted in your heart, and which desires you have out of selfish conceit. If you want to pursue your dream job so you can sit on the beach and drink margaritas all day, you're not seeking to work for God. The same goes if your dream job is to be a stripper or a drug dealer - more than likely you can't glorify God in those careers.
Pursue God first. Study His word. What does it say? What types of jobs does He want us to pursue?
2. Find Out What Your Gifts Are and Master Them
If you want to find your dream job, you have to know what you are good at. What gifts have you been given? And how can you get even better at them?
Maybe you want to be a mom but don't have kids. How can you get involved with other families and work on mothering other children.
Or maybe you want to be a writer or an actor but don't have a gig yet? Keep writing. Keep acting. Get feedback and get better.
3. Work Hard
At the end of the day, even your dream job won't be easy. If we want to truly glorify God in our dream jobs we have to work hard - end of story. Work is good but we live in an imperfect world and some days our work won't be fun and it will be stressful and chaotic. And in those moments we are called to lean on Him and be reminded that He is who we are working for and to press on.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" Col. 3:23