The Perfect Dream Job – Broken!
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Ok, I waited 10 seconds there for you to calm down if you made any violent reaction in defense of your “dream job”. Don’t worry like 99% of you reading this, I don’t think my job’s perfect too, in fact, there are some recent happenings at work that really pissed me off, made me grumble (see lesson about grumbling here), and made me ask why am I still here. I also dream of a better career. But what I have learned from other people and from the bible, bring out a valuable lesson, there is no such thing as a fairy tale job- where I will work happily ever after.
I recently bought a book entitled Go Put Your Strengths To Work by Marcus Buckingham. I haven’t gone far off when I saw these:
Conventional wisdom tells us that our ideal job is far removed from our present situation, “out there” somewhere in a mythic world where we are own boss, telecommuting from our cabin in the hills, doing what we love, making loads of money along the way…
Then a few paragraphs down, it said:
None of us no matter how content we are at work, loves our entire job. Whatever our job happens to be, it doesn’t consist of one activity. It comprises many different activities. Some invigorates us, some leave us neutral, and some deplete us, or bore us, or drain us. Given this, holding out for that perfect “job we love” is a fool’s game.
I figured our jobs now are like the “talents” in the parable found in Matthew 25:14-28, NIV. Where the “master” entrusted his servants differing amounts of talents. One was given 5; another 2; and the last only 1. The first two seemed to have gained more talents over time (i.e. enriched their careers?) while the poor guy given 1 talent reported back to his master with no progress whatsoever since the master left. The master was infuriated with this and took that remaining talent from him!
Now stop and think of your jobs now to be like the “talents” in the story. How many do you have? Not much, I guess? But what are you doing to enrich what your Master has given you?
The job you must love is your job now-IF you consider it as God’s blessing to you.
Will you get promoted? Will you get another job in a more greener pasture? Will you get to own your corporation someday? Who knows!?
We can idly wait for that dream job while we waste away in our current circumstance OR, we can choose to be faithful, and be productive where we are so that when our BOSS who is in heaven sees our hard work, He will be the one to promote us.
Quoting Lourd De Veyra’s recent graduation speech for the UP Masscom graduates (talking about the movie Karate Kid):
Galit na galit at takang-taka ang batang disipulong si Ralph Macchio: “Nagte-training ako ng karate, di ba? Bakit inuutusan ako ng matandang guro na maglinis ng kotse niya? Bakit niya ako inuutusang magpintura ng bakod ng bahay niya?” Sa huli, naintindihan niya rin kung bakit. Wax on. Wax off. At kung ikaw ay fan ng mga kung fu movies, ang ganitong tila-mababang pagsasanay ay pangkaraniwang arketipo. Paano ka pagtitiwalaan ng mas malaking responsibilad kung ang isang maliit na gawain ay di mo magawa nang maayos?
Let me translate the bolded line, but this time from a biblical concept:
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. [Luke 16:10, NLT]
What is your dream job? What is your work now? Is it your dream job?
I am all for finding your passion and finding a suitable job that fits that passion. But it does not mean that you will find the nearest exit to your current job because it is not in line with that God-given passion. Go on, nothing wrong with dreaming. As long as you don’t sit there and just dream. Be fruitful where you are, and your God who is invisible, who can see all things you do right now, will be the one to open doors for you, to lead you to where He wants you to be.