Last week, I started a new part-time job. It is a very different job for me; completely new area, a new environment and new people to know. For me personally, I usually don’t do so well with changes. It takes me a while to feel comfortable and to be able to adjust to new things. The main thing I know is to be myself and to trust God. New opportunities always give me so much anxiety. To overcome this, I spent some time in prayer and reciting God’s word, starting with one of my favorite verses.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Phil 4:6-7 ESV
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matt 6:35 -34
The Matthew passage was a great reminder from my BSF study from last year. Taking a look back into my notes from BSF lecture, I am reminded to change the concerns of my own personal concerns to God’s concern of the Kingdom. All my worrying insults God as it shows that I am not trusting Him and so consumed in my own concerns. I should not be worrying whether my plans will work out according to my plans, I am called to set my priorities with God’s glory in mind.
I also turned to a few resources like Boundless to see if they have any advice or resources for starting a new job. I found a podcast where their round-table discussion was about “How to Start a New Job” (starts around the 8 minute mark, it is a 10 minute segment) I enjoyed listening to the discussion and learning from other people’s advice.
Just for fun, I looked up starting a new job on Pinterest and found great advice which I can easily apply to my new job this week. Here is a cool infographic from Lifehack.org