My grandfather, a dedicated preacher for over 50 years, passed away 2 days before Christmas. It was a sad time for my family, but in the midst of it all we felt surrounded by peace and love.
One of the reasons for this was due to my grandfather himself. Several years ago he decided to write his own sermon for his funeral. Obviously, this is not the norm, but it was quite important to him. In addition, he requested that my uncle, a hospice chaplain, give the sermon at his funeral. No pressure or anything!
The days leading up to the funeral I could only image what the sermon would be about. How he lived his life? How he loved his family? I could not even understand how someone could possibly write the sermon for their own funeral. But this is just one indication of the type of man he was.
The day of the funeral we all arrived with sadness in our hearts. It was a very hard day for my family. However, as my uncle started to speak and read the sermon provided by my grandfather, we all had a sense of peace come over us.
In the sermon my grandfather wrote, he discussed God’s presence in our lives, the peace that we have in our hearts, and the purpose that God has given us. The sermon gave me peace about his life, the love he had for our family, and that he was exactly where he wanted to be.
After having the time to reflect even deeper on his words of wisdom, I began to think about his sermon from a career perspective. Whether you are conducting a new job search, looking for a career change, struggling with your current position, or wishing for a new challenge, we can all relate to our own presence, peace, and purpose.
One of the best things we can do during a job search is to focus on the present and always be present. We need to be in tune with our current situation and realize that the grass is not always greener. Why are you changing jobs? Are you accepting a job for the right reasons or just looking for a quick fix? Leaving for the right reasons will have a much more lasting effect.
Next, we need to have the peace that things can and will change. It may take some time and it might not be easy, but with hard work and determination we can find another opportunity. We just have to search deep and find contentment despite our current situation and realize that it can and will change.
Lastly, we must find our purpose. What is your passion? What do you love to do? Are you in an operations management or logistics position, but would really prefer to be within sales? Or maybe you are a creative-minded individual, but right now do not feel challenged?
So as it stands, my grandfather’s last words have more than one meaning. Whether you take it from a spiritual standpoint or a career perspective, it is important to take a moment to reflect and figure out your presence, your peace, and your purpose.
May God bless you in all you do.
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