Pick me!! Pick me!!!

Wednesday 8 December, 2010

When I was at university, there was a guest lecturer from a well-known and much sought aftered course. They gave a riveting lecture on their field of expertise and towards the end of their presentation, announced that there was a new initiative within their organisation for one student from our course to apply for. Well… you can imagine the flutter in the room! Everyone wanted to be that “one student” who gained this place. And so the competition began with students backstabbing each other all in the name of career progression!

Proverbs 25:6-7 says, “Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace.”

Climbing the corporate ladder and getting ahead in life… that’s the name of the game, right? Proverbs’ approach to promotion is somewhat different to our cultural perspective. Instead of climbing the ladder, Proverbs encourages us to focus on our relationship with God and our character. Hard work, diligence, loyalty, honesty and compassion are the goals instead of pushing people out of the way to win the race of life. That being said, when it comes to jobs, promotions and the like that require applications, of course go ahead and apply! Be honest in your application and ask God for wisdom when going through this process.

Have you ever been in a situation like this before? Or are you in one now? Focusing on your relationship with God and who you are as a person can be difficult when you’re surrounded by others who are playing the corporate game. Even so, I encourage you to stay focused and be true to who you are. Regardless of what others may be doing or saying around you, stay confident in the knowledge that God is God and he honours those who trust in Him.

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