It’s been nearly three months since I blogged last. I swore that wouldn’t happen. But here we are.
I’m 25. I graduated college in December 2013 which means I’ve officially been out of college longer than I was in college. It’s a bizarre thought.
Four years went fast. Really fast.
If I could speak to college Whitney today, there’s a lot I’d like to say. But here’s one truth I’d tell her, “your work isn’t going to fulfill you.”
Most of you know that I’ve been involved in ministry in some capacity since I graduated. I interned with my church for a year, raised support and went on staff with said church for another two years and now I’ve been invested in working with an anti-human trafficking organization for nearly a year.
Because of the nature of my work, I regularly hear people say, “your work is so fulfilling.”
Friends, work in never fulfilling. No matter what you do. Whether you enjoy your work or not, you’re not going to find a job that fulfills you because work was never supposed to fulfill us.
I spend a lot of time with college students between my two jobs. Maybe its a millennial thing, I don’t know, but I constantly hear, "I want to do work that matters, I want to do something fulfilling."
Oh friend, whether you go to seminary or become a stay-at-home mom; if you’re working with the homeless or at a bank, maybe you’re a restaurant owner or teacher or nurse or graphic designer; it’s not going to fulfill you. That’s not to say you won’t enjoy your job or have vision for what you do, but it’s not going to be the end all be all that fixes everything. It’s not going to give you life. Only Jesus can do that.
Steve and I have been reading through the Bible chronologically (which I highly recommend by the way). Here's something I learned so far: work became hard because sin. It’s always going to be hard. Whether you’re in ministry or not, work is hard and unfulfilling (Genesis 3:17-19).
Why am I writing this? Because maybe you’re like me and you’re constantly reflecting and dreaming. I’m always trying to figure out what’s next. I’ve come to a point where I’m starting to believe it doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s to bring God glory. You’ll never be fulfilled until we stand with Jesus someday, but you can work for God’s kingdom. Whether you’re a counselor or auditor, you can bring glory to God’s kingdom. It doesn’t matter what you do.
Not sure if this message is encouraging or discouraging, but I sincerely believe the quicker we understand that we’re not going to be fulfilled by a career, the quicker we can come back to the bigger picture: it’s not about us, it’s about Jesus, His Kingdom, His glory.