The second shortest job interview I have ever had was many years ago, with a businessman by the name of Tony Camilleri; an interesting gentleman, with, I believe, ancestral links to Malta. It went something like this:
Tony: “Wanna job?”
Me: “Ta very much.”
How could any job interview possibly be any shorter than that?
Well, with God, He always has a ‘job’ for everybody, and if you’re breathing, you’re qualified, and He simply gives you the job and expects you to get on and do it (with His ongoing help). After all, being all-knowing and all-wise, He already knows you are the best man or woman for any particular job, without the need to interview you, check your references or make you pass through submerged sewage pipes to prove your manhood (a la the Royal Marines). And better still, you get the job without even having to apply for it, because He chose you for the job before you became aware of it.
So, a ‘job interview’ with God goes something like this:
God: “You’ve got the job.”
You or me: “Thanks.”
I’d like to encourage you by telling you (or perhaps reminding you) of the fact that God has a plan and a purpose for your life. He has a job for you; a good job – maybe not an easy job, but the very thing that you are meant to be doing. It will probably involve sacrifice, pain and hard work – maybe even poverty, severe suffering or death – but in the end the reward is always worth it. There is no better ’employer’ than God (and the ‘retirement package’ which He offers, namely eternal life in paradise, is quite simply out of this world).
How frustrating then to compare His way with the way of the world. I truly despise and loathe the modern term ‘Human Resources’, every bit as much as I detest the associated HR ideology and HR methodology.
It’s also a sad fact that in the world, there simply aren’t enough jobs to go round – jobs that pay a viable living wage – and far fewer good jobs that are really worth having and keeping.
Pity, for example, those who are called to the Bar today. Newly-qualified barristers today have about a one-in-ten chance of obtaining a pupillage (a barrister’s apprenticeship) and actually going on to practise law as a barrister and to earning a living from that profession.
And don’t even mention journalists. There is a reason why the professional trade’s benchmark standard for viewing a journalist as a professional journalist (by income, aside of professional standards of work) is that a person can be said to be a journalist if he derives half or more of his annual income from journalism. The reason is because for many freelancers it’s only possible to earn about half an income from practising the trade.
The situation is even worse for any journalist who attempts to cover serious, hard news stories (i.e. real, important news), and especially for those undertaking investigative assignments, which often involve a long-term commitment to stories which develop over many months or even years. Gathering the most important news rarely pays well, and it is often suppressed in the mainstream media and thus pays nothing at all. Furthermore, one’s public portfolio is diminished by the lack of publication, and it can quickly become self-defeating to undertake serious assignments if one has to make a living, as one generally does.
But, as I say, that’s the world. Where God is concerned, you’ll always have a job for Him. The only questions are do you know what it is and will you do it? If the answer to both is yes, all well and good. If not, I humbly suggest you seek His plan and purpose for your life, and then get on with it. Wherever His path leads for you, it is always the best way to go.