This article is written primarily to young men betweeen the ages of 20-30, because men, especially, need to have a vocation that they find fulfillment in. If you have recently graduated from high school, what is your mindset right now regarding how you have chosen or will choose your life's work? What factors govern your decision? Whether or not you realize it, your thinking in this area has most likely already been formed by one or more of the following elements:
1. Your parents' expectations.
2. Your belief about God's will.
3. Considerations about money. Too many people, Christians included, make a decision about what to do based solely upon how well something pays. Of course, money is important, but a person must be happy in his work. Also, a high priority must be placed upon not infringing too heavily upon family and relationships. Then, too, maybe the job requires so much time that you have no time to "have a life" and to have fun with the money you have earned.
4. Your self-esteem. This can result in taking a job of lesser pay or position simply because you don't feel good about yourself. I do not think it is any coincidence that when I started recognizing that I had low self-esteem and began taking steps to raise it, my yearly income nearly doubled.
5. What you truly desire to do with your life. What you have enjoyed doing, or are really good at, or other people have recognized in you as inherit abilities and interests in the last 20 or so years, could be the very thing that you should be doing with your life.
I encourage you to take a hard and honest look at yourself, not what your parents want you to do, or how much something pays, but follow your dream and heart. Sometimes God's will is to follow your heart because He created you with a unique set of abilities and gifts that can, by your choice, be used to not only honor God, but to make a comfortable living for your loved ones.
Be the person that God designed you to become. You were born an original; do not fall short of that because of money, other's expectations, or low self-esteem. In fact, ask yourself this question: "If money was taken totally out of the picture, what would you desire to do with your life."
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