The Valley Will Speak, If You Listen!

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Devotions are great to use with your staff and participants so they have a chance to slow down and reflect. They are good for you too! Especially if you are leading people, you need to be fed too. One of my old staff happened to call me out of the blue. I have loved catching up with people during this time and always enjoy talking. Sorry, not sorry! They are trying to figure out some things and needed some advice. Many of us during this crazy time have hit every emotion possible. I have good days and I have bad days too. It’s ok to have an off day or days. I have said this many times to myself, because I know personally I try to think I can solve or figure out a solution instead of just trusting myself. No one has all the answers or makes the perfect decision every time.

Ironically I recently came across this devotion right before talking to my friend and helped guide our conversation. This message is for all my job seekers or anyone feeling like they could be stuck or not sure what they want to do next. This is not my devotion, and apologies as I can’t remember where this is from, and may not do it full justice. I just wrote it down in my folder and incorporated some of my thoughts too…

I was rejected for an internal position I applied for even though I was the top candidate. I later learned the person hired was a friend of my boss. I got tired of the office politics and started applying to other companies, and within 3 moths I got a much better job. My old boss asked me to come back for the same promotion. I told him “thanks but no thanks.”

Lessons learned:

  1. You can be the best candidate and still not get selected.
  2. If you didn’t get the job, it was never meant for you.
  3. You weren’t rejected, you were redirected.
  4. .Your value does not decrease based upon someone’s inability to see your worth.
  5. Believe in yourself and keep trying, the right door will open for you.

The key to this devotion for me is that you need to believe in yourself. That is easier said than done, and skeptics may see I have been looking for years, not three months. That’s the problem, you are not living into your story and have lost focus. Everyone is different, and the more you compare the more lost you will be. I have been in situations where I was devastated that I didn’t get a position or job that I have wanted. I have also been in situations that I thought this was the PERFECT place for me, but it didn’t work out. The key to my failures and future failures are that I have pushed myself to listen when I am in the valley. That’s the spot where adversity is, and nothing seems to go right. I used to dismiss the valley, blamed others, and closed myself off. That’s easy to do. It is also easy to stay comfortable and do what is easy instead of focusing on what you may need to improve. F.A.I.L. (First Attempt In Learning), love this acronym. It’s ok to try new things or push yourself! If you don’ t try, then you will never know what could have happened. The peak of the mountain is fun. You are on top of the world, but success is never permanent. What you learn when things don’t go your way will be vital to your trip back to the mountain top. Good luck to all the 2020 graduates and job seekers!

I will post this devotion in the Resource Zone, feel free to steal, add, share. That’s why my website is here!

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