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In a world where job satisfaction often feels like a rare commodity, a startling statistic emerges: Only 37% of U.S. employees feel they have the opportunity to utilize their strengths every day. This revelation sheds light on the pervasive issue of disengagement in the workplace and underscores the importance of recognizing and leveraging one's unique strengths for long-term career success. The modern workplace is evolving rapidly,...
Introduction In the busyness of our daily lives, it's easy to overlook the health of our careers. Like an annual checkup with a doctor ensures our physical well-being, a career checkup is crucial for our professional health. Assessing your career can lead to a more fulfilling and joyful work life, whether you stay in your current job or embark on a new adventure. This article explores ten ways to evaluate and nurture your career,...
A Charlie Brown Christmas Growing up, we looked forward to watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every year.  There was something special about watching the show with family and friends, knowing if you missed it, you had to wait a year to see it again.   Peanut's Characters Each Peanut's character had a unique personality.  Snoopy often indulges in daydreams and fantasy adventures.  Confident and...
People often find themselves at a crossroads in pursuing their career calling, needing to know how to select the right path. Not knowing how to make wise career decisions can lead to poor career decisions from following “the path of least resistance,” which is the path that is easiest. The path of least resistance is tempting because it often requires the least risk and allows one to stay in one's comfort zone. In this article, we...
The Paradox of Career Passion vs. Practicality Paradox and career are two words that often don't go hand in hand. Yet, paradoxically, successful career paths often include embracing a paradoxical mindset. A paradox is an apparently contradictory statement or situation that contains some truth or validity. This means that if you can learn to embrace the concepts of a paradox and accept them as part of your career journey, you can...
While it is wise to get a check-up annually from your doctor, it can be equally important to do the same for your career. Doing so can lead to living your calling as a healthier, more joyful worker in your current job or a new one. Here are ten ways to assess your career and live your calling in 2023. 1. Assess your work. How has the pandemic impacted your work? Have you been a part of the "great resignation" or the "quiet...
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra’s article, “How John Piper’s Seashells Swept Over a Generation” describes how Piper’s forty-minute Passion Conference talk changed the lives of thousands. On a gray, overcast afternoon on May 20, 2000, Pastor John Piper, a keynote speaker at the Passion Conference, waited to speak to more than 40,000 college students. Piper was anxious as he pictured speaking to this large crowd. ...
“ The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet ” is one of the most quoted and most useful definitions of Christian calling. It was written by Frederick Buechner, a minister, theologian, and popular writer who died on August 15, 2022 at the age of 96. Having written 40 books, he was a favorite author of many people. In a 1996 interview, he said of his writing,...
Mid-Year Life Calling Checkup: What is God Calling You to Do in the Second Half of 2022?   Mid-Year Life Calling Checkup July 2 was the middle point of the year. On that date, there were 182 days before and 182 after that date. As of today, there are 152 days left in the year. How have the first 213 days of the year gone for you?  This midpoint of the year can be an opportunity to access important life categories...
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions in January?  Is it hard to even remember? Most of us have experienced making New Year's resolutions and then finding a month later it is hard to even remember what we wanted to change!  Perhaps one of your resolutions was to find work that is rewarding, fulfilling and a calling from God.  And yet, a month later you have made no progress and wonder if it is even possible to find...
Introduction The worldwide pandemic has led to costly losses for so many people. In the United States alone, almost 600,000 people have died from COVID-19, with many more possibly permanently harmed. Our economy came to a halt; students missed out on a year of face-to-face schooling; families were separated which led to isolation and loneliness. In the face of these hardships, we may question what good God can bring from the pandemic in...
Are you wrestling with a career decision, not sure which path to take? Are you wondering which direction the Lord desires you to go? If so, you are not alone! Many Christians struggle with making career decisions at various points in their lives. For example, when Kay Marie was a sophomore in college, and a fairly new Christian, she desired with her whole heart to do what God wanted her to do with her life. As a communication major, she...