Updated: October 26, 2016
Do you define yourself by what you do for a living? Your job is important, but it’s not everything. And it doesn’t define you any more than unemployment does. Sometimes, losing your job can help you discover your true identity.
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Unemployed? Consider the Blessing
What would happen if you lost your job today? If you quit work to raise a family, care for a parent, or support your husband’s career? What if you remained jobless for months or even years?
What if you never returned to work?
It’s easy to equate your identity with your job, especially when society does just that. But if you’re currently out of work, take some time to consider your blessing. Because unemployment can be a blessing.
Losing Your Professional Identity
Unemployment is a stressful life event, to be sure. But it also reveals important truths. It can help you discover your true identity and purpose in life.
When I was single, I worked in a library for more than two decades. During that time in my life, I wrapped myself in my job.
Naturally, I felt lost when I quit work to marry Mitch and start our life together. But four months later, I found a new professional niche in foster care.
For almost two years, I worked with parents of therapeutic needs children – as a foster home developer. As I settled into the job, I embraced my new identity.
Then my husband’s work moved us to a different city, so I had to quit my job. And again, I felt lost.
Embracing Your True Identity
Sudden unemployment was hard for me, but it showed me how much I had let my job shape my identity. It forced me to view things from a new perspective. God’s perspective.
And it can do the same for you.
A job loss may change your professional identity, but it doesn’t change your personal identity. Your true identity is in Christ.
He is the One who reveals your identity. In fact, Christ gives you that identity (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Your need is the same as mine: to know who you are – and who you can be – as a child of God. And you can learn more about Him and yourself as you build a relationship with Him.
Over to You
Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. Where do you find your identity? Do you define yourself by what you do, or by who you are in Christ?
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