I’ve been working in professional offices since I was 21yrs of age and I have to say, I’ve learned quite a bit about the working world, life, people and MYSELF! I wasn’t as polished as I am now when I first started out, I was as some would call very ROUGH around the edges; but I felt like I knew everything in the WORLD. You couldn’t tell me different – because I didn’t want to hear it…
I fought every one whom tried to tell me to do this or that better, I fought the ones whom seemed to find everything wrong with every “professional” letter I had written. So what if it said “We want to invite you” instead of “We would like to invite you” – who’s really reading that stuff anyway? I fought people when they felt I didn’t look professional enough, certain offices require you to wear certain attire, but you couldn’t have told me that. Anyone that went against what I wanted, what I created, what I said or how I felt was up for grabs by me to get a poked out lip, an “I quit, I don’t want to do this anymore” or every customer would suffer, because of my antics about what I “felt” should happen. And let’s not talk about job duties, I only did what I was hired to do and complained when asked to do even the slightest bit more; they don’t pay me enough, I thought…
After having quit many jobs and failing miserably at others, I had to come to grips one day and tell myself – What is it that you really want out of life? Bad attitudes and wanting things your way, don’t pay the bills or put gas in the car and food on the table. It was then that I realized that I had to pull it together or I would continue to fail at everything I called myself trying to accomplish; what I failed to see was THE BIG PICTURE! Of Life.
Once I shaped up and it took a while, I began to see things from a career perspective instead of my perspective; when I chose to look at things from a different angle it was then that my attitude changed toward the issues I was facing on my job at the time; what I didn’t realize is that the things that people and/or supervisors were asking me to do were minor to major things that I could improve on in my working career in which spilled over into how I dealt with issues concerning my own personal life.
When work became harder and I was asked to do things outside of my original job duties (because a lot of time we will be asked to do those things) I chalked it up as something extra I could put on my resume because now I have experience in doing that new thing. A lot of times we go through many things on our jobs that may not seem too good in the beginning but if we learn to look at the BIG PICTURE of it, the small things we have to endure now are the things that turn closed doors into open doors later.
In Exodus 2: 11-22 we learn of the story of Moses, Moses was put in a basket that drifted down the Nile River and onto the back door of an Egyptian Princess, in whom longed for a child. While Moses was not the true blood relative of royalty, they treated him as if he were – he grew up “rich” just like they were and they loved and favored him. And while Moses had learned the laws of the Egyptians; his heart bled Hebrew blood, once Moses’s true identity was revealed he was cast out of the Egyptian house; where he had been sheltered and thrown in the desert to die. But God had other plans for him – he later married, had a child and became a shepherd of sheep until one day God caught his attention through a burning bush that never burned up, it was then that his BIG PICTURE for all the trials he had went through were going to come together. Moses had experienced the good life and a mediocre life – Moses could not have very well lead the children of Israel out of Egypt had he still been among them in all his glory, what he learned during that time was good; but he had to learn how to lead, he still had more training, pruning and cultivating that needed to be done in his own life. Moses had to become a shepherd of sheep in order to become a shepherd of people and all the things he went through during that time period prepared him to do just that.
There are many things in your life right now that are going on that you may not necessarily agree with or think it’s fair (Trust me, I’ve Been there) – But I do believe that everything happens for a reason, it’s all a test for the next journey to take place in our life and how we succeed at it the first time will determine how we deal with it when it comes into our path again.
Every job that I’ve had was always a preparation for the next job, which was easier to handle because I had dealt with it at a previous job. Life is Trial and Error, we will make mistakes and many times throw in the towel promising not to ever do or deal with that issue again; but just know that God has you in that circle/space for such a time as this. You’re not going through that task for nothing – You’re going through it because up the road you’re going to have to know how to handle a greater situation like it.
In my early life, I would have never thought that I would one day be a supervisor – I definitely couldn’t have been one with the attitude I possessed in my early years; that would have been a train wreck and I would have been wrecking other people’s lives in the process. While , I’m not perfect as I’m still learning, pruning, cultivating, watering and processing everything daily, I will say this, I would not be where I am now had I not taken the time to look at the BIG PICTURE OF LIFE, It’s by the grace of God that I made it this far. What BIG PICTURE are you refusing to see in your life today?…Once you decide what it is, think about what things you can change in your life now, that will make the BIGGEST difference tomorrow, next week, next month or even a year from now.
Because everything that we do and go through at this very moment in time, has an even BIGGER PICTURE attached to it…