Have you ever been in an environment where you felt that you weren’t good enough? Maybe you didn’t have the academic credentials or weren’t part of a sorority or fraternity. Maybe you are part of a writing group and everyone is published except you and a few others. Whatever the circumstance there are times when we feel that we don’t quite measure up.
For years I worked at a job where climbing the corporate ladder was encouraged. And while I didn’t see anything wrong with the pursuit of it, I wasn’t quite interested in the path that was laid before me. I was more interested in the business aspect of organization. However, those jobs rarely if ever became available. As a result, I became unmotivated and complacent. There was nothing else for me to strive for.
It took a long time for me to admit to myself that I didn’t want what everyone else wanted. There was very little satisfaction in doing that aspect of the job. I wanted to know how things were created or put together. I enjoy seeing the outcome of a project after so many months of work and planning. This is where I thrive in the creation of things. Work that others find tedious I most thoroughly enjoy.
That sense of striving for acceptance on the job remains even though I have left the organization and is something I must forgo. Prayerfully finding work that is rewarding is what I long for. Today’s devotional shares the following passage and it is worth pondering:
“So, I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT
Have you discovered a career path that brings you joy? Do you have a passion that has gone unfulfilled? Stop striving and enjoy life! Don’t allow others to define or create a path for your life. It’s yours to enjoy. Pray and ask God to help you find work that is satisfying and part of His will for you.
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