Do you ever wonder if you are making the right life choices? Recently, I have been considering either a career change or looking to change roles within my field. I have realized that my personality and skills fit better with more technical and processing related jobs than with customer service positions like my current one. I have been looking into taking courses and gaining experience that would allow me to work my way into a new career.
As I begin learning new skills, I have found that my focus at my current job has changed. In a way, I feel that I have already left. I have sort of checked out, even though I am there doing my job every work day. I feel almost as if my position has already changed even though I have not moved into another career yet. I no longer identify with my current job in the way that I have in the past. I still go to work and complete my tasks, and I still strive to do my job well. However, I no longer feel the pressure of my job that I once felt. I find that I am not as easily bothered by frustrating callers or situations because I can tell myself that I won’t be doing this too much longer. I don’t worry as much as the administration’s decisions and how they will impact me.
A few days ago, I started thinking a little more about how my focus has changed. I still want to do well where I am, but I am striving toward a better end goal, somewhere I feel I will be able to better serve God and those around me. I began to wonder if this is how we should view all of our life’s work as Christians. Maybe I should think about everything I do in this way. I should do the work that I need to accomplish during my life, but I have a higher purpose of serving God. He has called me to something better than this life on Earth, and I can sort of check out and realign my focus to the future He has for me.
Yes, my job and the tasks I do each day are necessary, but maybe I shouldn’t feel the pressure I feel from them. When people frustrate me on a daily basis, maybe I shouldn’t be so bothered because life on Earth is short, and we really won’t be here long. With the election coming, I don’t have to spend all of my emotional energy worrying over who will be elected and how that will affect my family and our country because there is a higher Kingdom to which we can look forward.
It will always be a challenge for me to figure out the line of how much I should worry over my everyday responsibilities. However, I can let go of finding my identity through what I have accomplished. I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 1:2 when Solomon proclaimed, “’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!’” God has given us tasks to do, and we need to complete them. However, their effects are temporary. When we realize that we are only here for a little while, even though we are enduring constant frustrations and difficulties, we can begin to check out of the constant stress of this world. We can change our focus to working toward a better 00destination that is greater than our current circumstances.