My name is Michael Dean Thomas. I have experience in investment banks, a Big 4 audit firm and a startup. I have worked in London, Singapore and South Africa. Welcome to my blog!
I see people drifting in life wherever I go. People grasping for things to cling onto in their careers. From millennials working at macdonalds, to corporate burnouts and to suicidal artists, each day human life is wasted on a global scale!
I have come to a conclusion: most Christian and secular career advice simply doesn’t permanently end pointless work experiences. We are so used to secular career thinking that we have even stopped believing that drifting is abnormal. Drifting is like a recurring illness, causing people to jump from one pointless career to the next.
We Need a Radical Solution to a Global Problem!
Why do we find ourselves locked in meaningless cycles of work? I tried many secular approaches over the years. They all had one thing in common: people asked themselves at a career crossroads “what makes me happy?” While it is not a bad approach, the irony is that long-term happiness or real fulfillment is not found this way.
Why not? Because we link happiness to things that don’t satisfy our inner longings in the medium to long-term. After we have a bit more money or possessions, we find ourselves unfulfilled and the Purposeless Cycle starts once more.
So how can we break out of this cycle? The first step is to acknowledge that secular approaches to finding a fulfilling career don’t work. When we reach this stage in our careers, our full attention turns to God so that He will lead us in His path of life.
For example, Jesus told a story about a young man who landed up working on a pig farm. In that story, the young man reached a career crossroad and decided that He didn’t want to work on pig farms anymore. He approached God for a job in His Kingdom instead.
We Work on Pig Farms When we Work Without God in our Careers!
As a result, the next step after you commit to leaving the secular “pig farm” behind is to ask God for a job in His Kingdom. This may seem scary at first, but in reality Christians have an advantage when it comes to changing career- we can ask God what He made us to do and then lead us along His path of life.
For example, you can ask God for a job by saying to Him:
“Heavenly Father, I am tired of working meaninglessy. I would like to work in the way that you made me. What career would you like me to pursue?”
Stage 1: Seed Stage. God sends seeds that will grow into what people refer to as a “calling”. During this stage, we need to recognize when God speaks and ask Him to help us understand what His message means. These resources might help you get started:
Stage 2: Rooting Stage. You are in the rooting stage if you understand the change that God is calling you to make in the world, but aren’t sure which products or services to use to create that change. The primary activity during the rooting stage is in seeking products and services that will enable you to change the world on a sustainable basis in line with God’s Word. Here are some blog posts that may help if you are in the rooting stage.
Stage 3: Fruit-bearing stage. The final stage involves knocking on doors in your new career. The work that God gives fuses our heart, mind, soul and energy in achieving His purpose. The emphasis in this stage is creating as much impact as possible. Here’s a blog post that will help you in the fruit-bearing stage.
Faith + Improving the Lives of Other People
= Belief in What You Do!
If you are ready to take the plunge and ask God for a job, take a look at my book. It is a 40-day plan to help you change career, from the time God sends you seeds until it grows into products and services.
My Mission is to Help Christians Connect God’s Word to Their Work and Break Free from the Secular System!
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