As we enter the summer, millions of college graduates will be challenged looking for either an internship or employment. Submitting resumes with no response, making calls without a call back, or just not having any leads is common in today’s competitive workplace. It can feel very defeating! What’s the answer? Well here’s what they don’t tell you in college…
1. God is Bigger Than Your Challenges
Ephesians 1:11 – In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will…
If you are a follower of Jesus, it is important to remember that God has a plan for your life. That may sound cliché, but it’s true! God is sovereign and has a path for you to walk even though it may not be crystal clear right now. This is especially important to remember when nothing seems to be taking shape.
In other words, when you can’t seem to be making headway on landing a job, don’t think your challenge is bigger than God. Don’t think that He isn’t paying attention or working in your life. Many times, things won’t happen because God wants to get our attention and until we give it to Him, we stay stalled. So it is important to remember that God is with you. He has a plan for you regardless of how it may look right now and His plans will never be thwarted.
2. Step Out in Faith & Be Flexible
Proverbs 16:9 – The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Trusting that God has a plan doesn’t mean you wait around for a supernatural revelation from heaven. It means that you make plans and move forward in life, allowing God to adjust, direct, or even redirect along the way. For Christian college students, it may mean continuing to send out resumes, making more phone calls, and talking to more and more people in order to discover the God opportunities. It also means that you are staying flexible along the way and willing to adjust and consider less than “perfect” opportunities or situations. Remember, where you start will rarely be where you end up. The key is to move forward, letting the Lord establish your steps rather than trying to narrowly define or control your own. So work hard, keep moving forward, and stay flexible to what God may bring your way.
3. Make Your Walk With Jesus The Priority
Matthew 6:31-33 – So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Worry and fear can be very powerful and debilitating. It can consume your mind, emotions, and ability to move forward. Every Christian college graduate needs to remember the promise that God is going to provide. This also means you need to be making Him the priority! You need to be reading God’s word and praying rather than just planning and worrying. You need to be asking God for insight and direction rather than just searching the internet or talking with friends. In doing so, you will find that God will provide supernatural wisdom, insight, and discernment for each opportunity that comes your way.
Often when pressure hits, your spiritual life will be one of the first things to go. So make sure that doesn’t happen by being diligent in seeking “first” the kingdom of God. You will be amazed how He will provide “all these things” for you in terms of an internship or job opportunity.