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In the last post of this series, I blogged about how walking in our purpose requires that we live out God’s word, as well as implement practical tactics to obtain and maintain a purposed career. The success of our careers is dependent upon our application of the Word of God in our lives, as well as the choices we make.  We have to place God first in our careers.   Staying connected with God is our insurance that we will walk in our unique purpose. By spending time with Him, the Lord will direct our paths.  I fully believe that God is the author and finisher of our lives and in everything we do, we need Him.  I caution you to not treat this blog post as a blueprint for success, but more so as an opportunity to refresh your perspective about your career plan. 

Although there is no cookie cutter approach or formula for success, there are some very practical tactics that we can employ to add value to the workplace or in our entrepreneurial endeavors.  We can begin by assessing the market’s needs against our personal resources.  In this post, the market refers to our employer, business or our ministries.  What are your employer’s needs?  What does your business need to elevate it to the next level?  What are the needs of your ministry? Then begin assessing your resources.  What values, gifts talents, skills, competencies and qualities can you contribute to your employer/business/ministry to meet the needs?  This requires that we broaden our thinking to discover our unique combination of resources.  Ask God for discernment in assessing the market to determine the most opportune places, methods and timing to contribute your resources.

Our success depends upon our ability to step out of the box in our thinking and to not box God in.  Consider changing your mindset.  Think of yourself as a co-proprietor.  We are joined together with God on this journey. He is our partner.  Our career decisions have to be in action with His word and will.  Additionally, our comprehensive brand has to be reflective of His kingdom.  We have to manage ourselves like a co-proprietorship business regardless of who we work for.  We represent God who has called us to do His work.  We need to be deliberate about seeking Him for opportunities to add value to the market.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for equipping Your daughters to carry out Your will.  Lord we ask that You perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us to be the women You created us to be.  In everything that we do, may it bring glory to Your name.  Teach us in the way that we should go. Lead us in a path of righteousness.  We submit to Your transformation and the renewing of our minds.  Our desire is to live in wisdom and to walk boldly where you have ordained us to go. Help us to stay focused on our assignments and bless us to be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Points to Ponder:

  • James 3:17 teaches us that the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 
  • Proverbs 24:14 reminds us that Wisdom is sweet to our soul and if we find it, there is a future hope for us.
  • Psalm 119:133 directs us to establish our footsteps in God’s word, so no iniquity has dominion over us.

What a mighty God we serve!

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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When reading the bible, we can’t ignore natural laws, nor can we ignore the powerful living Word that comes from none other than God Himself.  Walking in our purpose requires that we live out God’s Word. Likewise, maintaining success in the workplace requires that we implement practical tactics along with consistent application of the Gospel.  The two are inseparable. 

Many of us are in different phases of our careers.  Some of us have had a carefully planned career path, while others have felt like they’ve stumbled into role after role with no plan in place at all. God has always been there with you along the way.  He has placed people in your path to bless you. The Lord has given you the wisdom needed to make critical decisions at work.  Even when we miss the mark and veer left to detour, God is there to guide us back on track where we belong.  Regardless of where we are now or how we got here, the success of our careers is dependent upon our application of the Word of God in our lives, as well as the choices we make.  Most of us realize that we desperately need God in our marriages, relationships and in order to raise our children.  However, many of us haven’t placed God first on our journeys toward a purposed career.  In everything we do, we need Him. 

As Christians, the Bible teaches us that God has given each of us spiritual gifts to contribute to His kingdom.  Spiritual gifts are given to us by God for the sole purpose of His church.  He created us to uniquely operate in our gifting and our gifts aren’t reliant upon any training we’ve received or in our proficiencies.  We also have talents or skills which can complement our gift(s).  For example, exhortation is my primary spiritual gift. Writing and speaking are talents that I use alongside my gift.  God supernaturally blessed me with gift of exhorting His daughters.  Spiritual gifts do not depend upon natural talents or developed skills and competencies.  However, I’ve taken classes and workshops to sharpen my writing and public speaking talents.  Although the spiritual gifts are given by God for us to bless His Kingdom, many people find that their gift(s) carries over into the secular workplace.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that exhortation is my primary spiritual gift and my 9-5 job is in human resources which requires that I use counseling skills on a daily basis.

Writing and speaking are not my only talents.  I also design jewelry, decorate cakes, cook and have leadership strengths.  Think about it, I would experience burn-out if I tried to operate in all of my talents.  However, many people are overwhelmed because they try to employ all of their talents.  Just because we may be talented at doing many things, it does not mean that God has designed us to invest significant resources or time in all of those areas.  In other words, just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean that you should make it your focus.  Confusion is a time waster.  Staying connected with God is our insurance that we won’t waste our talents or abilities doing things that are outside of the unique purpose He has for us.

I encourage you to spend the next few weeks realigning yourself either by pursuing or recommitting to your spiritual gifts, as well as begin identifying the talent(s) He wants you to put to work.

Points to Ponder:

  • Study spiritual gifts, which are found in Romans 12:6-8 (seven gifts), I Corinthians 12:8-10 (nine gifts), I Corinthians 12:28 (eight gifts), I Corinthians 12:29-30 (seven gifts), and Ephesians 4:11 (four gifts). 
  • There are many books, assessments and other internet resources aimed at helping people discover their spiritual gifts.
  • Be deliberate about spending time in prayer asking God to give you wisdom concerning your talents and your spiritual gifts. Pray that He guides your steps.  Read and study Proverbs 4.  Ask God to show you the plan He has designed for you.
  • Spend time studying God’s word and remain in prayer concerning your purpose.  Once you receive revelation, don’t just listen to God’s word, implement it (James 1:22).

My next blog post in this series will provide advice concerning practical steps we can take to obtain a purposed career.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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