It’s no secret that many of us tone down or even turn off our spirituality in the workplace. Among other things fear of retaliation, judgment, and even termination are at the top of the list of reasons why we choose not to divulge the level of our faith at the job. However, that does not mean that our careers cannot be spiritually grounded and purpose driven. Building a successful career with God’s purpose in mind is the key to being fulfilled, happy, and satisfied with the decisions that we make in the pursuit of our goals.
To experience a purpose driven career we first must understand what it means. In its simplest form a purpose driven career is a career that is experienced on purpose and with purpose. As Christians we are always in ministry (1 Peter 4:10). Our unique gifts are handed down specifically for contribution to the body of Christ. Often times these gifts are lost in the proverbial rat race but taking a moment out to recognize your intended path can make all the difference. Here are a few ways to begin experiencing a purpose driven career:
Create a career vision. The Bible tells us that people without vision will perish (Proverbs 29:18). This verse speaks volumes to me and is the basis of my coaching and mentoring practice. You wouldn’t set out on a trip without a map (or nowadays GPS) right? So why would you set out on a career path without a clear vision of how to get where you want to be? Our visions inspire and invigorate us. Most importantly they guide our steps. Try drafting a career vision statement or board to display somewhere that you can see it every day.
Look beyond the money. In the Old Testament, Solomon had absolutely everything anyone could want - money, power, women, intelligence, everything - and yet he knew that everything in life was all meaningless without God. A job is simply a means of collecting income. A purpose driven career draws us closer to the body of Christ in addition to providing for us financially.
Don’t be afraid to dream big. The bible commands us to give birth to every idea, every concept, and every seed sown within us. In the book of Genesis, God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28). This principle applies in any context and in any situation including your career. Don’t allow your goals, dreams, or plans to remain dormant or be stifled by your past and current career choices. Move forward in sharing your gifts and talents.
Happiness and fulfillment in your career is yours should you choose to accept it. Personally, my ultimate ambition is to seek a distinct goal for my life, based on God's will or purpose for me as an individual. My career is no exception. Consider your current career path. Is it deeply rooted in God’s purpose for your life? When you know and are confident in your purpose, you gain something far more valuable than a pay raise or a job promotion. Now is the time to start living your life and your career on purpose.