Thursday, October 4, 2012

Finding God’s Place in Your Career

A couple of girlfriends and I started a Bible study recently called Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David.  It is so great to have a group of girls to get to together with every week to share in your love of Christ.  We are starting on week 3 tonight and I just cannot wait.
Each week there are 5 days worth of study guides to help you get more out of the Bible study.  The first week was all about recognizing God purpose for you, believing he will provide you with the necessities to fulfill this purpose, and knowing that your purpose is meant to bless and encourage others to follow Him.
I was so torn by this statement.  I am studying to be a nurse.  I do believe that God has called me to this profession, but I am unsure of how I will make His name known through my career in nursing.  I say this because as a nurse we are not allowed to push our views on other people.  We are there to make people more comfortable, and a person who is not a Christian might not be comfortable with a nurse sharing her faith in Jesus.  In the study guide I was lead to this verse:
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16)
From this verse I came to realize that my actions have to speak louder than my words.  I might not be able to proclaim my faith to other in the hospital, but I can act with a Godly attitude.  I have to show my patients the Lord’s work in me through my kindness, compassion, encouragement, and love for others.  I cannot be quick to irritation or anger even if my day isn’t going as planned.  I have to let God’s light shine through me.
My boyfriend feels like it is his Godly duty to help others in need.  If there is someone stranded on the side of the street at night because their car broke down, he always stops to help.  Many will not do this, me included, because they are scared of who they might encounter on the side of the road.  There was one instance where he stopped on the side of the road to help a man and his son fix their car.  He couldn’t get it fixed, and by this time all the mechanic shops were closed.  He found them a hotel and bought them something to eat for dinner.  Before he left, the man told him that because of his kindness, he knew there was a God and promised that he would take his son to church from that point on.  Because of his Godly attitude and his trust in God, a man was more open to God’s word.

This idea can be adopted in our everyday life.  You might not feel capable of sharing your faith with nonbelievers or career might not allow you to, but you can show them through your actions that God is present in your everyday life.