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Your career makes a living but your calling makes your life.

So today’s question for you is twofold:

  1. Is your career fulfilling your ambitions?
  2. Have you accepted your calling?

As far as my first question is concerned, many find themselves falling into a particular job or career simply because of circumstances, i.e. It was the only job they could get, while others may have following a childhood dream, or through their academic achievements found certain opportunities opened for them.

Now my second question is for me the more interesting one, as in order to accept your calling, you have to first listen to God as He directs you , and then choose to accept the plan He has for your life.

It may be difficult to change your career, particularly given the current economic climate and lack of job opportunities at present. However it is never too late to say, “Yes”, to God’s calling. So whether you’ve been swithering for a short time, or ignoring God for years, it’s not too late to accept God’s calling now, today!

I hope you enjoy listening to the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ Calls, as the message in this song, reinforces what I’ve written in this blog post:

OpportunityDo you ever feel like you never get any opportunities in life?

Well have a read at this

Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.

Have you not had any struggles or put in much effort or hard work?

I find that hard to believe. It is simply that you have not realised that what you were confronted with were opportunities, but simply saw them as inconveniences or problems you had to overcome.

Don’t be blinded into thinking all problems are inconveniences, but instead look for the opportunities and openings that these problems are presenting to you, and grab them with both hands.

A leader/manager’s attitude rubs off on their team – It either enhances or impedes the team’s performance.

So what kind of attitude does your leader/manager have?

What kind of attitude do you have?

While you may not be able to positively influence the attitude of your leader/manager, you can change your own attitude. Therefore, have a critical look at yourself, and identify areas of your attitude that you can improve – don’t pretend there’s nothing you can improve, as none of us are perfect so we all have things we could improve on!

Let’s make our attitude matter and become great positive influences on other’s lives. 

Job Description: Do whatever God‘s asks of you, wherever He needs you to be

Personal Qualities: Christ-like, loving, caring, selfless, motivated, compassionate

Qualifications: There are no qualifications required for this job

Experience: You do not need to have any previous experience to do this job

A few weeks ago I read the following:

God wants your availability before your capability ~ Alastair Petrie

Doesn’t that just sum up this job advert!

People who love God and are willing to do everything and anything God – God needs me and He needs you. He needs us to do His work.

So how able you, are you willing to apply for this job?

It’s been just over a week I’ve been off work on annual leave, however, as usual when it’s almost time to go back to work, I wish I had another week off!

I gave you some idea of what I’ve been up to during my time off in Friday’s blog post entitled Normal Service Is Resumed. It’s been good not to be at work, however I must admit it’s not really felt like much of a rest as I’ve found it quite stressful spending everyday with mum!

Don’t get me wrong I love Mum and wouldn’t have wanted her to spend this last week on her own while Dad was in a care home for respite care. However due to all she’s having to cope caring for Dad, as well as us both dealing with my Dad’s and my Aunt’s guardianships, she offloads onto me as she is struggling to cope with it all. That’s fine with me as I’d rather she did that than try to cope on her own, however I’m finding it quite hard to cope too, as I too have a lot going on just now:

  • Concerned about Dad due to his dementia getting notably worse
  • Mum’s health because she’s still caring for Dad at home 24/7
  • Hubby’s health
  • Hubby’s job situation (early retirement/voluntary severance effective the end of this month)
  • My own on-going health worries – I’ve not really shared the extent of this with Mum as don’t want her to worry, as she’s enough to cope with!

I hope I don’t sound as though I’m complaining because I don’t intend too, I know life was never meant to be easy, so I’m simply just trying to give you an idea of some of the things I’m trying to cope with in my life at present, so you understand better the person writing this blog.

Mum asked me just yesterday if I had enjoyed my busy week off work and whether I was looking forward to going back to work for a rest! Maybe she’s more aware more than I think, about how I’m feeling and when I’m exhausted, struggling and in pain…

During my time off, when I’ve been struggling, I’ve found myself drawn again to the song Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns. Just like the words of this song say, I do wish that I was through this storm by now, however I thank God every day that I despite all I’ve been going through, I am still able to praise Him!

So it’s back to work tomorrow, and I’m pleased to say that today (Sunday), I finally got a day of doing absolutely nothing (typically I have a day of doing nothing when the weather is fantastic, but hey I needed it!)…and it was fabulous! Anyway I’m sure once I’m back at work tomorrow my week off will soon feel like was a distant memory by 10am!

I think it’s time to start planning another week or two off work!

No not my retirement!

I’m sure you’re all very aware of all the cutbacks in both finances and resources within many councils around the country. Well, as both hubby and me work in the same IT department of the same local council it was obviously concerning when cutback were announced.

To facilitate some of the cuts, a restructure of our department was announced a few months ago, and this highlighted that both our jobs may be in danger.

To cut a long story short, as hubby’s post was no longer even going to exist and him and the two others in their position would potentially have to compete for the one job, we investigated the options for him to take voluntary severance/early retirement. The outcome of this was that he applied for voluntary severance/early retirement, and just a few days ago this was approved!

So in a few months time, I’ll be the only working person in my household! That’s going to be a bit odd, but I guess it’s for the best as at least going now when hubby’s is still well enough to get some enjoyment from retirement is better than what may have happened at a later time when potentially his health could be much worse.

I still find it quite odd to think that hubby is going to be “retired”…but then he is a few years older than me! LOL

Before any of you ask….yes we have already started compiling a list of “things to do around the house” for hubby when he’s got lots of free-time on his hands! Although I’m sure if he got any better offers, they may be considered 🙂