I’ve been out of school and in the real world for a little over a month now.
This last month has been hard for me because it’s been a time of transition from college to adulthood. I’ve rethought my career direction half a dozen times, written cover letters until I had the format memorized, and have fallen in a bit of despair that I might never get a job.
I’m not going to lie, being a recent grad is tough. You ask yourself, “What now?” almost every day. You check your inbox hoping a company reaches out to you for an interview only to find yourself getting rejection emails instead. It’s so easy to get frustrated. I’ve gotten so frustrated applying for jobs only to have them lead to a dead end.
I’ve found solace in the preachings of Joel Osteen (thanks, Jj and Nicole!). When I’ve been down, I’ll listen to one of his many lessons, and I instantly feel better. He makes me realize things I never could realize on my own. I just needed someone else to tell me. And that’s what Osteen does for me.
One lesson in particular, “Prepared in the Process,” really stood out to me. In this lesson, Osteen preaches about how God is preparing you for what is to come. He hinges on the process, which can be drawn out and hard, but it is in preparation for something great. And great things take time.
Time. Time is the word I dread the most. The phrase “things take time” makes me cringe because I’m not the most patient person when it comes to waiting for things to happen. I like to be in control of the situation and know exactly what’s to come. It’s part of my personality. I like to plan ahead.
So in my instance of applying for jobs, finding the right job is going to take time. And time is an objective term – it might take three months, six months, or even a year to find the right fit. All I can do is trust in God’s plan and trust the process.
After listening to this talk, I feel more confident that there is a greater plan for me and God is doing small things along the way to prepare me for what is to come. It’s hard because I don’t see the big picture now, so I have to take one day at a time. This includes being thankful for what you have now instead of constantly waiting for something to happen.
I came out of my phase of hopelessness and am beginning to make the most of my situation. I’m working part time at LOFT and writing for 303 Magazine. I’m getting involved with YAL at my church and volunteered my time to help with promotions for the Greek Festival this year. In the last few weeks, I feel like I finally have my life together and am excited about the future. I know I’ll get there, but when the time is right.
To end with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”