Job-Finding Tips: The Answer is Not in the Past

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” 
Isaiah 43:19

When I was 19, I spent three months in China.  Here’s some proof. 
That’s Tibet, folks. 

Ever since that trip, I’ve expected that experience would be put to good use in a career.

As a child, you’re told to study math because “you’ll use it in the future.”  In high school, you’re instructed to take the most advanced classes you can, so you’ll be attractive to universities.  In college, you’re guided to major in what interests you, because it will prepare you for a career.  Now that I’m in a career, I keep thinking that my next job must be something that I’ve already done.  Surely, it will include Chinese in some way.  Maybe it’ll tie-in my Political Science degree.  Possibly, it could include a ministry element.

But was going about it all wrong.  As it turns out, life is not a series of puzzle pieces that come together to create some mysterious picture.  The answer to today’s question is not in the past.    So why do we keep looking for it there?

We look to the past for answers because we believe that’s all we have.   You and I have been trained to believe that what’s on our resume is all we have to offer, and our value comes from what we already know how to do.  Experience, education accolades, followers, facebook friends, re-tweets.  Count them up because it’s all you’ve got. 
We have been brainwashed.  Do you want to know the truth?  Your worth is not determined by your perceived accomplishments, but by the One who created you.  To me, that brings freedom. 

With that truth in my heart, I can stop looking at the job I once did, the trip I once took and the language I once knew, and start truly innovating.  I can be something new, because He is doing something new… and I can’t find the answer in my past.

Come to think of it, on my trip to China, I met Emily (bottom right, circa 2006).

We are still friends, and this year, Emily met Jesus.  Maybe that trip wasn’t really for me and my career after all.

via Matt Alexander