Life is meant to be lived to its fullest without carrying regrets. Unfortunately we live in a less than perfect world and mistakes are always going to happen as a result. Some have minor consequences while others carry greater ones.
Either way whatever regrets you may have God can redeem them and use them for your good to prosper you. He makes all things to work together for your good. This applies to every area of life including your career. I have had certain regrets in my own life that I would like to share with you in this post.
You may relate with some of them but most importantly keep in mind that God can use them for your good. He starts everything on a positive and ends on a positive. The choice is up to you to choose life.
When you’re frustrated with your career it can easily spread into other areas of your life and that is not a good place to be. Frustration has a tendency to attract negative energy and almost everything around you can easily feel like is falling apart.
This made me realize how important it is to make the right choices when choosing a career path. Being successful tomorrow depends on making the right choices today.
Ask yourself what your interests are as well as your skill set. Most importantly also find out what God’s purpose for your life is. Where those three meet is a good guideline for what career path you must pursue i.e. from the courses you should study to the relationships you should build with other people.
Your situation may not have worked out perfectly as I have described but you can start today and make those choices for a better tomorrow. When you’re in God’s perfect plan for your life it’s easier to make other areas a success too.
If you’re still frustrated about something that happened in your past make peace with it and move on. God makes all things work together for the good of those that love Him.
2. Time wasted
Poor career choices can lead to wasting a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. You may wake up one day and realize that you chose a career path that wasn’t really what you wanted. It’s unfortunate that there’s not much career guidance readily available for young people and I’ve seen how it can hurt your future later on.
“Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past, so it doesn’t become their future.” ~ Jon Acuff
It’s especially harder to start on a new path when you’re older and have a lot of other responsibilities to think about. However, it’s not impossible to be successful in the long run. It just means that it will take you a little longer to get to your desired destination.
This was the case with Moses in the Bible. He was 80 years old when God called reignited that vision in his heart to rescue the children of Israel from Egypt. He is regarded as one of the greatest heroes in the Bible today. So your life may not have started right but you can choose to have a positive ending.
3. Feeling unpurposeful
I know how it feels to be in a place where your life seems like it serves no purpose. It’s not normal and natural because God has a purpose for your life. This happens a lot with people that are working in jobs that aren’t a perfect fit for them. It’s almost like trying to put a circle in a square peg, it doesn’t work.
“When we’re motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” ~ Greg Anderson
The advice here is not to just up and leave your job if you find yourself in a place like that. That’s not what I’m saying. Sometimes situations force us into places we don’t want to be but it doesn’t mean the end of the world for you.
Seek God in prayer and study His word so that you find out what He truly wants for your life. He doesn’t want you to just settle for what life throws at you. You’re so much more than what you are today. Life flows through you easily when you’re living in God’s purpose for your life and other people around you benefit from that.
4. Missing out on valuable opportunities
Have you ever identified opportunities you feel you could have taken advantage of but couldn’t because you weren’t equipped to seize them? It happens a lot in life. This can apply in your career too. You may have wanted to do a particular course to learn some things but life happened or you weren’t sure and went another direction.
One important thing I’ve learned in life is to go with my gut (the leading of the Holy Spirit). Sometimes His guidance doesn’t make sense in the natural but because He knows best it’s good to trust Him and follow His lead.
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” ~ Bob Feller
There are certain courses I’ve studied in the past that didn’t make a lot of sense or seem important at the time. Today, however I am seeing opportunities I can utilize to lead me to my destiny.
It’s not doom and gloom if you find that you missed out on opportunities before. Make the decision today to go on the right track and start again. Failure is never total and as so as long as you’re alive there’s nothing stopping you from becoming what God created you to be.
5. Strained relationships
When you’re not living in God’s purpose for your life there’s a tendency for other areas of your life to be less than ideal. This is most evident in the important relationships in your life especially your marriage if you have a spouse.
I’ve seen this in the marketplace when struggling well with other people because you’re not suited for a certain role. In these situations what you can do is either change your attitude and adjust to the role or change your job and look for one that serves you and the employer better.
It’s easy to become enemies over situations like that while the real issue is a poor mismatch for your role. The Bible tells us that we must pursue to be at peace with the people around us as much as we can (Romans 12:18)
Success in life is dependent on good relations with other people to a large extent because you’re not an island. You need harmonious relationships to achieve your life purpose. The devil is so subtle and antagonizes people to break relationships.
Some of those relationships are the key to success for what you are pursuing so try by all means to work well with the people around you. You never know what door may be opened for you through a relationship.