Talking of career training for great harvest brings to mind the words in Proverbs 22:29, that a skilled man will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Many are the times when we sit and wonder how we will ever get from where we are to the heights of professionalism that we so much aspire to climb. As young people, born again and spirit filled, we long for a better life which largely comes after good college education and finding a correspondingly well paying job. Deep within we know this is possible and will eventually come to be for it is God's will for us. We pray about it each day, but when we look at our financial, health and other circumstances, we muster enough strength to doubt our visions.
In the face of all this, the word of God in Matthew 6:33 says: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well". Yes, we need college education and nice jobs, but it would be best if we sought them from the proper source - God's kingdom, by first being righteous before Him. Dirty hands can not harvest in God's divine gardens. Once we have sanctified ourselves and are ready to embark on the career journey, Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us that: "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you."
What more encouragement do we need to make our fluid joints strong? God gave us powerful brains so we can build visions and achieve great feats. One of the greatest techniques used by marketers to achieve this is known as thinking backwards. I know this might sound unconventional and perhaps as a definite recipe for failure. But no! It is different from backward thinking - which means retrogression. Thinking backwards, by contrast, means setting your mind on the bounty harvest you want to reap (vision), and then looking back to the steps that you need to take in order to achieve those results.
Proverbs 26 says that "coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags". Not once have we allowed others to look down up on us, and not once have we been tempted to believe in the demoralizing verdicts that others make on our lives. This has led many to limit the size of their visions to what sounds acceptable to their friends. They have downsized the amount of harvest that they want to reap from their training, careers and from later life. Those who have been in such circumstances can tell of how constraining the bondage of some friendships can be. But we are not what others say we are, we are who God says we are - more than conquerors, people who will do great exploits!
In short, resist the temptation to underrate your abilities, no matter how insignificant others think of you. To illustrate how possible it is to achieve a great vision, think of a young person who aspires to become a lead supplier of wheat to Unga Ltd. He might not have the land or the cash, but it is clear in his mind what he wants to become. From the height of his vision, the young fellow can look down and see what he needs to do in order to fulfill his dream.
To start with, he needs to ascertain that there will indeed be sustained demand to for wheat by the time he will be making his initial delivery. He can also go ahead and negotiate a guaranteed price with the grain miller, if only to cushion against any possible loss in case of surplus production from other farmers. Secondly, he needs to secure the necessary amount of land where he can grow the crop. He knows that if he can't afford to buy land, he can save and mobilize his family and friends to contribute some cash and rent acreage according to their strength. Another easier alternative would be to buy the crop from farmers and delivering it to the grain miller. Whichever way, his vision eventually gets achieved.
Likewise, training for great harvests begins with you determining the type and amount of harvest that you wish to reap. There are many fruits out there but not all are meant for you. Focus on what you want. In this regard, you need to ascertain before enrolling in college whether there is a ready market for the skills you wish to acquire. This is the surest way of guarding against tarmacking after successfully completing your training.
Secondly, and as Hebrews 11:6 says, without faith it is impossible to please God, and God rewards those who seek Him. Professional training costs money and you might not have a ready source of it at hand. How much are you ready to believe in God's providence, knowing that He surely won't fails? God has many ways of fulfilling His promises to us, but He also says that he who seeks finds. So, demonstrate your faith in God by taking a step forward - look for a job if you have to - in your quest to raise college fees.
A tip for job interviewees
In the few instances that I have had the privilege to sit in interview panels during staff recruitments, I have observed a problem common with many, believers and non-believers alike: lack of focus in career training. This is how we sometimes lose the bountiful harvests that God so generously stashes in our career baskets. From a job seeker's perspective, training in a number of different career fields exposes him or her to a wide variety of job opportunities. However, in most cases, the employer will be interested in only one area of your pool of skills.
By presenting all the certificates in your many unrelated fields of training - in teaching, catering and mechanical engineering to mention but a few - you only succeed in dumbfounding the interviewers by your lack of focus in life. With this, they won't require any further persuasion that you are either half baked, or the type to leave problems half-way solved.
In case you have successfully trained, then this is your year of God's fulfilment with regard to your job. So, here is a simple idea you might wish to consider when attending an interview: present to the prospective employer only those documents that support the area he or she is interested in. It pays to put God first in your quest for employment: He will go before you and level the mountains. And when you finally get the job, may you work to the glory of our Lord, and never forgetting that we are the salt of the world - and a light too, that should be allowed to shine.
© 2007 John Wanjora
First published in the Christian Trumpet Magazine - CCI International Kenya.