I’ve been working on my resume again. And what a crazy resume it is! It is full of so many diverse experiences that I’m very sure it often gets tossed as soon as it comes in to a potential publisher or employer. There is no box or file that it fits comfortably in. I’ve wrestled with the idea of maybe paring some things off it, to make it fit together better, to make it read more like a novel instead of a book of short stories. But the truth is, every past job, no matter how different from the one I am applying for will make me better at the next job.
Because, especially if we let it, that’s what life does. Our experiences change us, sometimes a lot, other times ever so slightly, whittling away at the waste and polishing up the wood of our future selves.
I remember a time when prospective employers liked it if you dressed up and came to their office to meet them. They saw this as a sign of initiative and determination and they liked to shake your hand and “look into your eyes” to see what you’re really about. Now that kind of approach is seen as akin to stalking. They don’t want to meet you. They don’t even want you to phone. All that is left you to get their attention is a one page paper list of your ‘accomplishments’. And if you make it to the “maybe” pile it is only because you have the very specific education and experience they are looking for.
I am convinced that companies miss the very best people because of this new way of hiring. And potential employees miss a chance to contribute in more significant ways, perhaps finding a better fit, a calling.
Luke of the Gospels was a trained physician. From reading his descriptions of illnesses there is no doubt that he would have been a good one. But when he met Christ all that changed for him. He was called to accompany Paul on several of his trips. He was called to being a friend and supporter and perhaps even an assistant to the most famous missionary of all time. He was also called to write, and the gospel he wrote is the most detailed and extensive of the four. This ability to pay attention to detail no doubt was more honed because of his experience and training as a doctor. Doctor-Disciple-Missionary Assistant-Writer. Luke’s career path was diverse and windy.
What is God calling you to do that is a culmination of the experiences and training He has put into your life? According to my resume I am going to be an interpreting, painting, writing; personality coaching, consulting; singing, dancing, Mary Kay, Ninja. How cool is that?
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?” And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8