Reinventing Ourselves

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.                                        Romans 12:2

From time to time we all need to take a look at where we are in life and decide if it is time to reinvent ourselves. What I mean by that is that we can get complacent, gradually, with our current life situation. It is often very subtle, but we as humans are made to be curious and industrious. If we have “mastered” a part of our life, (or at least we think we do), we may be looking for “what’s next?”

I have found that every few years in my working life, I felt a need for a change of some kind. I didn’t necessarily need to change jobs, but I needed to change what I did on the job. This involves taking responsibility for ourselves. It may not be the employer’s fault that we feel “bored” or need a new challenge. We need to own that our personal growth is forcing us to make some changes.

My theory is that early in a new job, the job is “bigger than us”. We need to scramble to learn new things, and we may feel completely overwhelmed. For a while. Gradually, we learn and grow, and at some point, we feel competent and successful. Not too long after that, we may actually feel “bigger than the job”, meaning, we need new challenges to stay fresh. Then we have a decision to make- change jobs or change what I do in the job.

Of course, many times, people do not have the opportunity to maneuver much in their job description. It may be very prescribed by the employer, and there may be little room to make those changes we may desire. It is then that we can decide that we could change our attitude about the job and the people involved in the job. We can make any position better, just by our attitude about it.

We can reinvent who we are in the job. We can make the job new by our own new attitude about it. It is something that can give us satisfaction, even when the job itself didn’t change.     

Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to be able to see your plans, and how we can make wherever we are a better place, Amen.

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