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Career choices—God shows us the way!

From The Christian Science Journal - December 10, 2015

Originally written as a testimony in German, this first appeared in the December 2015 Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

The following Bible verse from Proverbs encapsulates the experience I’m about to share: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (3:5, 6). Like so many others, I was taught, both at home and at school, to reason wisely and get counsel from others before making a decision. Sometimes this approach may prevent one from making rash and ultimately wrong decisions; however, I have found that there is another option: turning to God and trusting His guidance. And I have found this to be the approach that yields the biggest blessings.

Several years ago I was working as a social worker. I loved my job. It was never dull, and it satisfied my desire to do something meaningful. The relationships, both with my colleagues and with my supervisors, were appreciative and supportive. However, the job didn’t allow me to make full use of all my talents. So over time I felt the desire to return to the business world, where I had worked previously for ten years. 

I was longing to take on greater responsibilities. I constantly felt the impulse to change my line of work, week after week. Also, four of the five families that I was caring for at the time had made sufficient progress in stabilizing their situation, so much so that they were ready to live independently, which meant they would not need to adapt to a new social worker in the event of my leaving.

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