Don't quit your day job

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[vimeo id="75532304"] There’s a dangerous trend happening among young people right now who don’t feel fulfilled in their current work. The danger is the assumption that discovering your divine design would be easier after quitting that dissatisfying job to then focus all your time on the thing your heart is passionate about. However, I don’t think that’s the wisest decision.

I do believe there are some instances when God calls us to make drastic changes and chase after something extraordinary and unknown. That’s not the kind of directional change I’m talking about. Instead, I’m referring to the drastic change that comes after quitting a current job that forces unnecessary backtracking—either by moving back in with parents or by taking an easier, part-time job until you figure out what it is you really want to do.

Maybe the job you’re currently in isn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe you’ve realized it’s not even close to your sweet spot. Certainly, there’s a part of you that wants to give up and start all over again! Before you do, however, here are four things you can do to discover your divine design without quitting your job:

1. Continually seek to identify and develop your God-given strengths more than focusing on eliminating your weaknesses. It’s easy to get discouraged early on in a job when all you think about are your weaknesses. No one expects you to be perfect when you’re just starting your career. If you want your next job to be one that feels like you were created to do it, start focusing on your God-given strengths. When you do, you’ll be able to identify the type of job that is an intersection between your natural ability and personal passion.

2. Identify the larger meaning of your work that makes it a step in discovering your divine design. There’s a reason God has you where you are today. While you may not see it initially, taking the time to identify the larger meaning of your work can help you identify what kind of job would be more in line with your divine design.

3. Solicit feedback on how you can grow. No matter what job you’re in now, there are people around you who can help you learn and grow. Sometimes the people around you are better at identifying your gifts and abilities than you are. When you take time to intentionally solicit feedback on how you can grow, you obtain the outside perspective that is so crucial to discovering your true calling.

4. Seek to enjoy work. No job is perfect, even if it’s one you love. That’s part of living in a fallen world. Even if you’re miserable in your current job, consistently work to refresh yourself and your attitude. Changing the way you think from “I have to work” to “I get to work” will make all the difference in helping you stay teachable and motivated to find that next thing.

If you’re in a place where there’s no connection between what you’re doing now and what you feel like God is calling you to do, don’t give up. There’s a way for you to move toward the calling God has for you without walking away from where He currently has you.

God doesn’t want you to hate your work. He wants you to find a job that aligns with your strengths and passions. If you’re in a place where you know that what you’re doing now isn’t something that fulfills you or you’re not really sure what your divine design might be, don’t get discouraged. It’s part of embracing this adventure called life. We’ve all been there, and it will pass.

Is your current job one that aligns with your natural gifts and God-given passions? If not, what are you doing to work toward something that does?