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You Have A Title, But Do You Know Your Name?

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For years, I was so focused on having a “quality ” job. When I was in college I strategically planned out my professional career path. I wanted to make sure my resume was golden. I packed my life with extracurricular activities, leadership positions on campus, and other things for accolades. I wanted to prove I was worthy of an awesome job. I saw how my older sister struggled to get a quality job right out of college during the recession and I vowed to myself to never let my circumstances determine my outcome. I had paid internships at large companies, became an RA on campus and during my last year, I decided to squeeze in a second job. In other words; I was a hustler.

All this paid off, and when I graduated from college in 2012 I had a great job, awesome benefits and a salary making over $40K- straight out of college! I was at the prime of my life. I was 22 years old living the “American Dream.” Until one day my “American Dream,” my job, was shaken. Everything I knew was in a state of uncertainty. My faith wavered and the enemy got into my head. I was diagnosed with depression and my doctor put me on an anti-depressant. I felt like I was living without being alive. It was a very dark time in my life and really felt distant from God. Since I was down I was unable to seek God, I decided to chase another job. One with more money and more security…..so I thought. I ran to a job that paid $50K a year. The money was great but the work was not. It was a sales job, and they were more concerned with profit rather than people. There were some unethical things going on. I only lasted there for a few months before I finally decided to leave. So long story short I went from making 40k, to 50k, to being unemployed in less than a year.

I’m not going to lie, I was torn up! I had to move back to my parents’ house in my hometown, sleeping in my childhood bed. At 23 years old I was at my lowest point. And that’s when God began to break me. For weeks, I didn’t sleep regularly. I stayed up all night and day applying for jobs. I kept trying to get out of my current situation, without seeing God as my main source of help. Even though I was going to church, reading scripture I wasn’t truly applying it. So when I was applying for jobs I got turned down each time. It wasn’t until God revealed to me what my underlined confliction was- Pride.

I prided myself on my job titles, my accolades, and all my other accomplishments. I thought surely if I held these job titles at other companies, another company would want me. When job hunting got me nowhere, God had to humble me. He had to show me I do not control my destiny, He does. He had to show me a job title was not my identity.

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

I read scripture after scripture on pride and humbleness. I also had to read about plans and patience. Then I began to fast and seek the Lord in prayer. I didn’t realize what a strong hold pride and patience were for me. By being unemployed for a few months, I was blessed with this time to grow spiritually. Even though it didn’t feel like a blessing at the time, I now know it was all in God’s plan. God was keeping me the whole time.

Now I know a job title doesn’t define me- it’s whatever God calls me that matters. He titles me and gives me a name, which is way greater than any title a job can give me.

7 Names God Calls Me:

1. He calls me chosen. 

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)

2. He calls me beloved.

“The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)

3. He calls me His child.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1)

4. He calls me friend.

“… but I have called you friends…” (John 15:15)

5. He calls me His workmanship.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

6. He calls me His treasured possession.

“The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6)

7. He calls me His daughter.

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)

So sis, before you let a job stress you out, before you go chase the next job with a more prestigious title remember this- God has already named you. You are a child of God. Don’t forget that.

Love you all!

Stay blessed,

Patrice McKenzie
patrice@areyoushe.com

Source- http://www.whatjoyismine.net

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Testimony Tuesday: Why I Quit My TV Job.

I consider it to be one of the greatest decisions of my life:

The day I quit my job.

Like many millenials, I had my own personal exodus from a career this year.

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After 3 1/2 years of working at a local news station, enough was enough.

So I resigned. And I didn’t even put it in writing.

The truth of the matter is, I had been frustrated for months. With no signs of ever being able to move up or get a promotion, I felt like I was stuck. Many days I would sit at my desk, staring blankly at my computer screen, telling myself,  I know God created me to do more than this. 

Working in a newsroom was not only stressful, but it took a mental and spiritual toll on me. It seemed the more and more each day, the more terrible the stories became. And they started hitting a lot closer to home, too.

A story I’ll never forget — a man part of a black biker club shot and killed outside a nightclub. What made the story even worse: I was a youth leader for the victim’s young teenage daughter at my old church. I’ll never forget going to the wake. Everything seemed so surreal. As I walked into the church and saw that father laying in the casket dead, the weight of it all became too real for me. I was the one who who told the world his name and wrote the end to his story.

From that point on, I struggled spiritually and asked God to reveal to me why He even had me in the TV news industry. I knew it was part of a greater calling, but all the gloom and doom made my future so foggy for me.

But being the great God that He is, He put a scripture on my heart for prayer and meditation:

“I will surely make a way in the desert and rivers in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (TLV) 

That verse was my prayer almost each and every day. Work had turned into a wilderness to me and I desperately needed Papa to make a way out.

God answered my prayer in March. That month was a really rocky one for me. Not only was I having a tough time professionally, but also personally. After 2 1/2 years, my ex broke up with me and one of my managers questioned me about whether or not I thought television was the right industry for me. As I stood at the crossroads, Jesus did something supernaturally for me.

It was by far one of the worst days at my job. Things got so bad, in the middle of my writing, I got up and prayed to God in the bathroom and told Him I wasn’t going to leave unless He moved. As I went back to work, I never thought He was going to move so fast. To make a long story short, all hell broke loose. In the middle of the chaos and pandemonium, one of my coworkers said, “If you have to leave, you have to do what you have to do.”

And that’s when I knew God was giving me my cue.

So I left.

And I’ve never looked back.

For the summer, in order to make ends meet, I worked as a nanny and administrative assistant at a tax firm. The transition wasn’t easy but necessary. I knew the LORD had called me to leave my job and He had so much more in store, but in the meantime, it was hard to even imagine walking through an open door.

But God always stays faithful to His word.

When I got the call from Cornerstone, offering me a position with the network, I knew that was the door I had been waiting for. It wasn’t just a job, but the beginning of walking in my purpose and destiny.

It’s been nearly 4 months since I’ve started working at my new job and I’ve never felt more fulfilled. There’s even days where I don’t even feel like I’m working.

There’s nothing like experiencing the manifestation of the river God made in your wasteland for you.

I know if He did it for me, He’ll surely do it for you too.

By Sydni Grant
sydni@areyoushe.com