Let God Work

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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Why Me?: 3 Things I’ve Learned When I Wanted To Give Up

Why me? I cannot even count the amount of times I’ve said that over the years. Whether I was heartbroken or struggling in a course, that was the first question I’d ask.

giving upStruggling with my grades in college and graduate school, I constantly wanted to give up. Looking around at my peers and seeing how it seemed so easy for them to ace exams, I questioned, “Why me? How come I cannot pass as smoothly as they do?”

So many events can take place in our lives that seem ridiculous or unfair. Sometimes it seems like a never ending story. One thing happens after the other, and it can be beyond frustrating. I know the feeling. When I wanted to give up God showed me it’s not about me, but it’s about Him.

3 Things I’ve Learned When I Wanted To Give Up

His Work is not finished. 

Although we can get easily discouraged when things do not go how we think they should, we have to remember what God’s Word says. It’s easier to look at everything going wrong around us rather than focusing on what we may not be able to see. In difficult seasons, we must remember the wise words King David said to his son Solomon who would be responsible for building the Temple in Jerusalem. Be strong and courageous. God will not fail you. His work is not finished.

“Then David said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.'” 1 Chronicles 28:20 NASB

Let God Work.

While we may not realize it, God is continuously moving and working despite what we think. No matter what’s going on, it is important to trust in what He is doing. Trust in Him. Have the confidence that He will accomplish everything that concerns you.

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8 NASB

God is in control.

We have a tendency to try and take matters into our own hands and sometimes create more stress than was intended. We have to remember to let God work and know He is in control. In the most difficult and stressful situations, when we are ready to give up, we must pray and give those situations to God. When we give our anxiety to God, we will have peace. God is in control and desires us to know that He is.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 NASB

After finishing school and looking for a job, God truly humbled me. It was all about His timing, not mine. I had my own agenda, but He had His. Sometimes in the most difficult seasons, God prunes us and shows us who He desires us to be. He wants us to trust Him and draw closer to Him. In stressful situations, I used to ask “why me?” God simply answered, “My daughter, Why not you?

In the midst of your trying times when you want to give up, allow God to show you His work is not finished. Let Him work and know He is in control.

By Ashley A. Johnson
ashley@areyoushe.com

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