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If you have taken the time to contemplate the answers to the questions presented in “What’s Your Dream Job? (Part 2)”, you have likely come up with some ideas of what your dream job or jobs may be. The next step is to pursue your dream job(s). I will cover this topic at length in a different series.
Maybe you have come to the conclusion that your dream job is not a job at all. Maybe your “ideal work experience” is a business, a calling, a ministry or a passion. Let’s take a closer look at each to help you gain better clarity on which one it might be:
● Business – Merriam Webster defines business as ” the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money“. Quite simply, you might be more inclined to be your own boss and have greater control of your income and schedule. However, the other side of that coin is that you are responsible for every facet of your work, including overhead, employees, etc. Are you up for the challenge? If so, a business plan is in order. More to come on this topic. Stay tuned.
● Calling – Defined as “a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work (such as religious work)“, a calling is not always obvious. Some people’s callings are more clear to those around them than to the one being called in a certain direction. Sometimes people are not interested in pursuing their calling, despite the urge to move in a certain vocational direction. Maybe your calling is an unchartered territory or presents many unknowns, so fear prevents you from moving forward. However, a calling is often something that you cannot escape, no matter how hard you try.
● Ministry – GotQuestions.org defines ministry like this: ” Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28;Mark 10:45;John 13:1-17).
The Christian should minister by meeting people’s needs with love and humility on Christ’s behalf (seeMatthew 20:26;Mark 10:43;John 2:5,9;Acts 6:3;Romans 1:1;Galatians 1:10;Colossians 4:12). Christians are to minister to others out of their devotion to Christ and their love for others, whether the other people are believers or unbelievers. Ministry to others should be impartial and unconditional, always seeking to help others as Jesus would.
From the early New Testament churches to the churches of our day, each Christian should be in the ministry of helping others (see Romans 12:3-8,10-13;2 Timothy 2:24-26).”
● Passion – The Urban Dictionary defines passion as “ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible“. I believe the keyword is “ambition“. Ambition prompts us to pursue something even if the odds are against us. Ambition drives us to keep going amidst opposition and rejection. Quite simply, ambition allows us to “get ‘er done”! When a vocation is our passion, we make it happen despite the circumstances or outlook. Plan your work and then work your plan to “turn your passion into profit”.
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Until next time-
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (Colossians 3:23 NIV)