Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Career Change?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Career Change?

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THERE'S little use in changing jobs for the sake of changing jobs. But sometimes even when progress demands such a step, we may hesitate because we fear a drop in salary or a loss of benefits--or just because we're uncertain about the future! If it's time for us to move on and we're unsure of how to proceed, we can trust God to lead the way. Some years ago, I came to a point in my life where I wanted to change careers. The new work I yearned to take up offered little hope of much income for several years. I didn't have much in savings, either. But the new direction felt so right, I was sure it had to be God-impelled. Yet I still worried about the financial wisdom of taking such a major step, so I turned to God and prayed to gain a more certain sense of direction. I adopted the attitude of the prophet Micah, in the Bible, who proclaimed, "I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me" (7:7). I resolved to keep listening for spiritual inspiration until I had no anxiety about what to do next. It was comforting to know I didn't have to make the decisions alone. God is an ever-present help. He's not physically present, as a friend might be, to offer verbal suggestions, but He's spiritually at hand and speaks directly to thought. By listening to Him, I would know what to do. My prayer helped me to see that I couldn't truly trust God while simultaneously believing lack was inevitable. God, divine Spirit, is All-in-all, and He is an ever-present source of supply. Good has to appear when we understand this. And when we're expecting good to occur, we're more likely to notice it. I began shifting my attention from fearing lack to appreciating God's ready help and care for His creation. I could trust that my needs would be met because I was learning to trust Him. …
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