All That Matters.

Yesterday, again, was the last straw. Even though I have the sneaky suspicion that there is a new bag of straws somewhere that I can keep going through, yesterday felt like the last one.

It’s been a year and a half, Lord. A year and a half in a career transition that I don’t want to be a part of. Oh, I know. Trust the Lord. He has a plan. He is in control. He’s doing something. Yes I get it. So is that the real reason I can’t get past a phone interview with every job that I have applied for?

I thought it would help to accept an opportunity at work that might help me leverage my way into a position that I might actually enjoy, yet, two weeks into it and I am pretty sure this is the biggest mistake I have ever made.

That’s okay. I have applied at six jobs over the past four days. Surely something will happen. Surely God won’t leave me to rot in a place that makes me want to drive as far and fast as I can away.

All That Matters.

In the midst of my career conundrum I spent a few minutes with Martin Luther and the book of Galatians. Yeah, I almost forgot. I am a servant of God and life isn’t all about careers, jobs and organizational culture.

Luther states, “Circumstances, personal worth, character, achievements have no bearing upon justification. Before God they count for nothing. What counts is that we put on Christ.”

Thank you Luther for punching a whole in my self absorbed worldly attitudes. Thank you for reminding me that it’s about Christ. Thanks for giving me an eternal perspective.

Oh how difficult it is to maintain a Christ centered focus in the midst of working with and for people who have no thought or concern for the things of God.

I spent the day listening to others who are insistent that they are superior, there achievements are supreme, and that I must bow down to their authority. For a moment there I lost all hope because for a moment there I lost sight of Christ.

All that matters.

At the moment I leave this world all that matters will be my relationship with Jesus Christ. It will be all that matters. It will not matter how high I climbed on the organization ladder, how much money I earned, or how big my retirement account is.

All that matters will be if I followed Christ.

The only way we will survive is if we spend more time with Christ, then we do with the world. We must have a view of eternity. We must find a way to remember who we truly serve.

Careers our a means to serve and savor Christ. They are a tool God can use to further His kingdom. They provide the means to raise families, purchase homes, and the necessities of life. They are not all that matters. Christ is.

If careers are all that matters, then a frustrating day at work will feel like the last straw. It will feel like a reason to get in my car and drive far away from family and responsibility.

If Christ is all that matters, then a frustrating day at work will drive me to Him, His Word, and in prayer. It will feel like a reason to throw myself upon my Father, and drive me closer to those I love.

Marcy Pedersen

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