How to Find Meaning in Your Career

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 12:1

No one ever set out on a journey toward a purposeless life. But, too often, the business of our day gets it the way of what God has planned for us during our time on this earth. Our goal here is to make the most of the spiritual gifts God has given us. Of course, there will be times when this is easier said than done. It’s helpful to remember that life is a journey of smooth paths and rocky shores. You’ll need a map to get to your goal. Below are some helpful things you can do to get started plotting a more meaningful path in life and career.

Nurture your spiritual gifts.

According to Andy Bilhorn, a contributor to Relevant, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and Ephesians 4:7-12 tell us that spiritual gifts are intended to help us become our true selves. When we discover and embrace our spiritual gifts, we can use them in our careers to serve others, enjoy more personal and professional fulfillment, and delight God. To uncover your spiritual gifts, start by accepting that God has a plan for you; show God that He can trust you with your gifts by doing all tasks – big and small – with passion and gratitude. Be open to new experiences. And most importantly, spend time alone with God praying on it.

Define what’s important in your life.

When is the last time you sat down and wrote down what was important to you? Family is usually at the top of most people’s list. But how about simplicity? Or, maybe you’re an adrenaline junky who likes excitement? Maybe your day doesn’t function well without a three-mile morning run? To shape your life into something that brings you peace, you will need to spend some quiet time with yourself uncovering what’s important to you. From here, you can measure all decisions against your life list.

Understand why you work.

Happiness at work starts with understanding why you work in the first place. Certainly, money is on your list. But what else? It’s important to understand the purpose work has in your life. Good examples include:

  1. A sense of achievement
  2. Time to socialize
  3. The ability to help others
  4. The pride you get for taking care of your family
  5. The ability to be creative

Seek Christ-based wisdom.

As a Christian graduate student, you are preparing to contribute significantly to your chosen profession. Why wouldn’t you want your courses to give you skills that aid you in that contribution from a Christian perspective? A true Christian university establishes a forum grounded in biblical foundations for reflection and thought, so that you can go on to ethically influence the companies and organizations for which you work.

Since our beginning in 1873, Spring Arbor University has taken a unique approach to education. Even though we are an academic institution, SAU is not solely focused on knowledge acquisition. Rather, we are deeply invested in transforming our students into becoming people of wisdom. We not only want people to graduate from Spring Arbor University with knowledge; we want our graduates to have the tools and experience they need to pursue meaningful lives and careers that honor their spiritual gifts.

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Complete the form on this page or call us at 1.844.621.0900 to learn more. An Admissions Representative will reach out to you and together, you will uncover your professional goals, discuss options for payment and learn all you need to know about SAU.