I started early today listening to a Celtic hymn – “Be Thou My Vision” – and I thought “Yes, that’s the way to find the job God has prepared for me!” So let me share my thoughts with you.
The Practical Process of Career Search
On one hand, it helps to walk in the 7-step process of:
- Loving God completely Upward Reaching forward with a positive Attitude.
- Discovering your strengths and being clear about your Aptitude.
- Adding Attitude + Aptitude gives your career Altitude so you can target opportunities.
- Searching by seeking to serve others who need most what you do best.
- Sorting through opportunities by wowing interviewers.
- Selecting work prepared for you.
Targeting opportunities in Step 3 Altitude seems to be the most difficult step. You must work through the practicalities researching, thinking about and praying over 6 targeting factors.
Find a Career You Cannot See
On the other hand, somehow and some way you need to connect with your Heavenly Father about His vision for you. When I heard “Be Thou My Vision” this morning, I thought of you, as well as me, receiving what God is already giving. Listen for yourself and read through the words.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
I don’t know about you, but for me, I hear this song, this prayer, this promise, and I think God is not only to be my vision, but also my wisdom and my strength.
Look and ask for the good way. Be a good steward of the practical and spiritual journey together. When you get lost in the practical process, listen to “Be Thou My Vision” one more time.