8 Ways to Thrive (Not Just Survive) In Whatever You Do

A verse to help us as we figure out what we want to be when we grow up is from Prov. 19:2 (AMP) says,
"Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark."
As we fiercely pursue new jobs, may we not lose sight of God's will!

Here are 8 Tips to Survive and Thrive:

1. Your Job Can Advance God's Kingdom 
Dr. Amy Sherman speaks on vocational calling and career, and how we can further God's kingdom by what we do. We don't have to be a pastor or be a super spiritual Christian - instead, focus on whatever gifting you already have as an artist, architect, or whatever to spread the message of the Gospel. There is no sacred or secular divide. Jesus is renewing everything for His kingdom! This is great news for those of us who have felt guilty for not going into "full time ministry."

2. God works in spite of action (or in-action) on our part 
Christy Stroud speaks on God's plan vs. your career plan, and how God brought her a job even when she wasn't looking. Be encouraged! Even though the economy is obviously way, way worse than it was many years ago - God's plan is always way, way better than our own. You and I never know where that next job will come from! You can trust God with your career!

3. S*xual Harassment at Work is Wrong 
Crystal Renaud speaks on social justice. No job should ever mistreat, manipulate, or lead you to a place where s*xual harassment is considered normal or even okay! Because it's not. If you or anyone you know is currently being manipulated at their job - it's okay to get help! You don't have to feel trapped in a job with inappropriate coworkers or bosses.

4. Find and Do Work That Matters 
Justin Zoradi speaks on why doing work that matters means that you're using your greatest strengths. Good character creates sustainable success, and the person you are becoming is far more important than the work that you are doing. It's important to play the long term investment game now as a 20/30-something - so that you can reap those rewards through the rest of your career.

5. Don't Waste Your Life or Career 
Paige Omartian speaks about how bone cancer almost took her life as an 11 year old. Our career is a lot bigger than just what we do as our job--it's what we do with our life. You don't have to wait for a life altering experience to start pursuing your career. Your life matters now! It's time to stop wasting your life, and ask God to help lead and guide you in the right career path today!

6. You Are Not The Only One Struggling 
You need help. Everyone needs nudges, prompts, advice, encouragement, prayers. No one has it figured out. It's okay to struggle, but you don't have to be alone. Seek help.

7. Start Your Own Business 
As a 20-something I started my own business over 5 years ago, and as a 30-something I'm so glad I did. I've learned so much as a self employed person, and it has allowed me the freedom to pursue my dreams.

8. Take Time to Find Your Dream Job and Career 
Not every one is in the position to take a few years (or five) to gain valuable work experience, but that doesn't mean it's not possible. It is possible to pursue your dream job and career in today's economy! Thankfully, God does not waste any work experiences. If we're open, He'll show us where He wants us to go, and what He wants us to learn, do and accomplish each step of the way.

[written by Renee Fisher]