Is a Career Change Needed in Order for You to Live Your Dream?
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Today, career decisions can seem overwhelming because of the sheer number of options that are available--more than at any other time in history. We long to make the "right" decision--the choice that proves to be good for us and that is the one we believe God would have us make.
The Bible does not, however, give specific guidance about many types of life decisions, including making career choices. Nowhere in Scripture will you find a verse that will specify whether you should become an accountant or an engineer. Nor will you find detailed instructions on how to choose a career when confronted with multiple possibilities. Why doesn't the Bible address career choice?
One likely reason is that in biblical times, career choice was not an issue. Men usually went into the family business--whether fishing or sheep herding or carpentry or being a merchant-- and women usually got married and had babies. "What should I do with my career?" was not a burning issue of the times. Nonetheless, throughout Scripture we are reminded of God’s direction over our lives.
Psalm 25:4-5 - "Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
Psalm 16:7-8 - "I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
When we pray for God’s guidance and for discernment through the Holy Spirit, we can rest assured that God will provide wisdom! We do not have to worry about our next step or about tomorrow because we know who guides our way! Do not rush into a decision without going before God to seek guidance! Making a career change may be the right choice for you, but only you can make that decision.
Of course in today’s world of work we want to quickly take advantage of any golden opportunities that present themselves during the course of our careers. On the other hand, pushing ahead in a new direction without praying for guidance and direction may result in wasted time and effort, resulting in huge regrets down the road.
As you pray over your decision ask God to reveal to you if there are any significant changes on the horizon within your organization that would affect your desire to make a change. Also, take a close look at your readiness- are you prepared to leave your job to pursue your dream career? In other words, are you up to speed with the future of the industry or business you desire to enter? Do you need additional training? Do you have the skill sets that are needed for success? How are your finances? Are you prepared to live on a strict budget? Is your family on board with your decision-remember this affects more than just you.
Also, be aware of some of the warning signs that your dream career may interfere with your relationship with Christ. For example, will that dream require you to act in unethical or immoral ways such as not revealing certain information about a product or service to a prospective customer? Will that dream career require you--or seduce you--to spend so much time at work that you have little time for anything else including your friends and family, your quiet times with the Lord, church, etc.? Will that dream career tempt you to become prideful, greedy, manipulative, etc.? In other words, will that dream career lead you away from Christ rather than lead you toward becoming more Christ-like? If so, you would be right in questioning whether your dream career path is one the Lord would have you to pursue. As Jesus says, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" (Mt. 16:26).
You are God's handiwork. He created your inmost being, and knit you together in your mother's womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:13-14). You have been given work-related gifts that have been chosen specifically for you (Romans 12:6-8). God desires for you to use the gifts He has given you. Working out of your design will bring you satisfaction, will bless and enable you to serve others effectively, and will bring glory to your Designer.
In the end, it is your responsibility to use your God-given mind to learn how to make good career decisions. Certainly, prayer is a part of the process, but God expects us to do our part in making wise decisions, as well. Learning how to make decisions is a part of developing wisdom and maturity, both of which God desires for us.
Lastly, learning to take risks is an essential part of following God and living out His will for our lives. Without risks, a person's life becomes a process of digging an ever-deeper rut in which he or she stagnates and cuts himself or herself off from all that God intends life to be. As Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
God calls us to live courageously--to take risks in order to use our gifts and bring salt and light to this hurting world. We have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!