Over the many years of my life, I’ve had many career choices. Some were necessities, others learning experiences, and the rest were the beginnings of what I truly wanted to do – to help others. I think every one of us has that inborn trait, unless we’re psychotic serial killers or narcissists who think only of themselves.
Even though mankind fell into sin shortly after they were created, they were made perfectly by God. Their sin drove a wedge between us and God, but God still loved us so much that He provided a way for us to be reconnected. I believe there is an innate trait which separates humanity from the animals. It’s called compassion.
My career path didn’t include as many choices as young people have today. I could be a nurse, a secretary, a teacher or a stay at home mom. Today the sky’s the limit for the generation of tomorrow. Still in each of my jobs over the years, they were all designed to shape my life in the long run.
My husband and I both were destined to somehow be helpful to others in their careers. In his business career, my husband designed advertising campaigns which promoted other people’s products and increased their sales. As he built his own business, he was helping young copy writers and artists to achieve their goals. When he went into fine art in his 50’s, he was making beautiful things for others to enjoy.
In the meantime, at our lowest financial point, we were being broken and redirected. When our lives fell apart, we discovered that we could rebuild by doing the things we love and at the same time, help others to achieve greatness. Now in our golden years, we’re able to share what we know with those who are willing to learn from us.
The greatest successes in life are not always monetary, but we still have to pay the bills. However, God wants us to find joy in our labors. If we can make a difference as a Walmart greeter – if we can enhance another’s life in medical research – if we can bring a smile to a child’s face by telling them they did a good job, our lives will be fulfilled as well.
Whatever you choose to do in life, the more you focus on others, the more success you attain. The great side effect is that everyone benefits from the process.