You graduated! You carved thousands of facts into your brain for hundreds of tests. You dissected massive textbooks for every little detail. You endured many late nights on caffeine and fear. And you have proved yourself worthy of your dream job.
But you are far from your dream job. No one has knocked on your door to give you that perfect opportunity to pursue your dream and change the world. Maybe you have settled for just something that will pay the bills. What happened?
Seven years ago I bought a $4,000 video camera to pursue my dream to make awesome films. I wrote a few screenplays. I casted a web series. I was eager to publish my genius to the world and use my well-earned fortune to provide for a large family. But nothing worked. I wrote screenplays that never got seen. I casted a web series that never could get off the ground. I was busy with work and trying to get into school so I could get my dream started.
Then, it became absolutely clear that God was calling me to missionary work with NET Ministries. So I put the video camera on a shelf and gave the Lord that year. That year turned into another. And another.
Without a wife, or a Hollywood agent I was nowhere close to my dream. But in three years of missionary work, God introduced me to His dream - to make disciples of all nations.
I became abundantly excited about God’s dream. And as soon as that change took place, God had big surprises around the corner. In a span of just one year, I got an amazing job creating videos for Saint Paul’s Outreach, started studying Theology and Philosophy, got married to my NET team leader, and had a daughter!
This is the first lesson about God’s dream job for you.
1. God Wants Your Dream Job More than You Do
The point is this, God will not give you what you want - even if you have a the best of intentions behind it - if it will endanger your soul. He’s a good Father. So when He sees His son or daughter pursuing good things instead of the best things, He steps in, brings our plans to a halt, and redirects us.
But as soon as He has raised up His son or daughter to love God first, He will waste no time in giving that son or daughter the vocation that most thrills the heart and changes the world. He wants your dream job more than you do.
My dream to create cinematic experiences that changes hearts and God’s dream to make disciples of all nations have both united in the work of SPO. I’m starting to realize that God really wants to use the talents he gave me. Obviously.
2. God’s Dream Job = Passion + Purpose
God wants you to do amazing things, so He has given you particular desires and unique talents so you can go be a light to the world!
Your desire to do something amazing with your talents is a good desire. From the beginning, God calls man to work. Check out Genesis 2. BEFORE THE FALL, God called man to work, to “till and keep” the garden. God wants you to work and to work hard!
Three years of “sacrificing” my talents catapulted me into using those talents in a more effective context, no longer on my own, but in the context of the SPO Community, reaching students all over the country. He also taught me that His dream for the salvation of the world is more thrilling and fulfilling than anything else.
“But God, I want a big family. How is working for ministry going to allow me to provide for all twelve+ of my children?”
3. God’s Dream Job Provides
Do you think that God would carve in your heart a desire to serve Him, and then bring that work to fruition only to forget to consider how it would pay the bills?
Scripture balances the strong work ethic mentioned earlier with these consoling words from St. Paul: “And God is able to provide you with EVERY blessing in abundance, so that you may ALWAYS have enough of EVERYTHING and may provide in abundance for EVERY good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) I try not to use absolute statements like ‘always’ and ‘everything,’ but when Scripture uses it in such clear terms, you know the Holy Spirit means it!
But this is not a passive, lazy exchange as if we are just waiting for God to do something for us. One time I was seeking the advice of a wise man about my future job. I shrugged my shoulders and said, “well, God will provide,” it was a holy sentiment, but he said to me, “You may look to God to provide, but your wife is looking to you.” This summarized the delicate balance Scripture demands of us.
God wants you to have a job that provides. Work hard. Trust hard. God will do the rest. He’s got it figured out.
I’ve been with SPO for three years. But when will God call me to change the world with amazing movies? This is the last point, something that I’m wrestling with today.
4. God Wants a Job that Changes You
Scott Hahn likes to say “More than doing something THROUGH you, God is interested in doing something IN you.” Maybe I could drive to Hollywood, California and make a big impact as an Assistant Editor or Screenwriter. Maybe. But what would that do to my soul? How do I know that I’m ready for the Hollywood culture? Who am I to say I have what it takes to be a witness in such a worldly environment? Or that I'd even enjoy it? God knows.
And for now, He’s called me to an amazing work with SPO. Working for such a solid and Spirit-filled organization these past few years has made me more evangelistic, generous, and faithful. And that's the whole point. The thrill is not in some future job we are waiting for that will maximize our potential or fulfill our desires or some fluff like that. The thrill is in the present moment, the work of evangelization and love - today. Consider Saint Joseph.
In the eyes of the world, Saint Joseph led a forgotten and largely meaningless life. What legacy did he build? None of his work survives today. All his effort is dust.
But in serving the Lord wholeheartedly even in the most ordinary of circumstances, God chose him to father a Son that would save the world. That’s crazy.
So God’s dream job is not just something vague in the future, it is the present moment. Right now God is calling you to love. Check out Colossians 3. That’s what we are called to right now. That is what thrills the heart and changes the world. There is no task too small for you. God became man, hidden in obscurity. He labored for decades, working with His hands, doing a work we know nothing about. God stepped into even the most mundane of work and made it holy and meaningful.
And in Christ, now you can do work that is not only world-changing, but you-changing. God is ready to blow your mind with a dream job you can both get excited about. But first He has some work to do in us.