Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Assignments on My Mind

How would you define career? I kinda see career as the thing that takes up a person's time for which he or she is trained or being trained... or maybe it's just something that a person does to contribute to society (or even just themselves, I suppose). I'm not really sure. Anyways, for me, I like calling better, or maybe assignment. Beyond my role in WMPL Communications or my training in Linguistics, I recognize a string of "assignments" in life to which I am held accountable. These are my passions. My burdens. My joy.
Assignments on My Mind
  • Set the Lord and my husband in the center of my life
  • Create a place of refuge and love for those who live in and visit our home
  • Recognize and act in ministering to needs at Hope Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and the Church at large
  • Seek opportunity to share Christ with and pray for those who don't know Him and to encourage those who do
  • Communicate the mission of God and the message of the World Mission Prayer League to the best of my ability
  • Pursue information and opportunity for service in Bible translation/engagement

I found this list of 5 Career "Super Foods" from this random article by Lindsey Pollak. As I think about several somewhat-career-like issues in my life, these sorts of lists are helpful for me.
1. Daily Goals. "[S]et small, daily goals that will keep you moving forward. Big goals are important, but small goals get the job done."
(Check out this blog post.)
2. News. "[I]t’s crucial that you keep up with world news, national news and the news of the particular industry you want to join. We live in the Information Age, so the most informed people are the ones who are most likely to succeed."
3. Coffee. "While the actual caffeinated stuff helps a lot of people achieve their career goals, what I mean here is getting together with people for coffee -- also known as networking."
4. Mentors. "They are people who have “been there, done that” and are willing to share their wisdom to help your career grow. To receive the maximum benefit from a mentor, be sure to set up regular meetings... bring specific topics or challenges you’d like to discuss for each session."
5. Responsiveness. "With the amount of e-mails, LinkedIn requests, Twitter direct messages, voice mails, text messages and IMs we all receive, it can be hard to get back to people in a timely way. But those who are responsive -- especially to important requests and time-sensitive opportunities -- really stand out from the crowd."
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  1. Ruthie, I like your idea of what career means--so much bigger than just "going to work." I think it's interesting that at least numbers 3-5 of the "career superfoods" points have to do with relationships to other people. The "assignments" that are on your mind also revolve around loving God by relating to and serving others, which seems right in line with Jesus' priority: "...whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:43-45) Now there's an example of a worthwhile career!
    ~Ruth H.

  2. Ruth, thank you for your comment and the encouragement. Hope you're doing well. Now, I'm off to click on the link to your blog. :)


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