The focus of much of life today is on technology; how can it help us do more things faster, more efficiently, and with less effort. However, for many there is another aspect of life that becomes even more important as we move away from focusing on the person to focusing on impersonal technology, that is their faith.
Faith for many is something that’s very important in day-to-day life in; decision-making, motivation, inspiration, meaning of life, help beyond one’s self. I’m not speaking of superstition, or an impersonal belief in the ‘great beyond’ or an ‘unknown Deity.’ I’m speaking of faith in a personal God who wants to have a relationship with us. It’s faith in more than just a belief system; it’s faith that’s expressed in a relationship with the Creator God and His Son.
This kind of faith is not a crutch in difficult times, but is an on-going relationship in all times. The good times, the bad times, and the ugly experiences. It’s a faith that is living, breathing, relating.
When a person of faith loses a job, they want to know what part their faith plays in the feelings that accompany the loss, and the activity that accompanies the subsequent search. They want to know what part faith plays when they receive the mind-numbing news that they won’t have an income after next Friday. They want to know what part faith plays when the ache in the stomach sets in from that unexpected announcement, when the knees feel almost too weak to walk due to fear, when the mind is clouded with the stress of it all.
The problem was, there was nothing to tell them what part faith plays. There were no books on the market. There were no videos on You Tube. There were no sermons at church. There was a gaping hole in the picture of their faith at work. You may be skeptical, I would be too. Go check it out. Get on Google, Bing, or your favorite search engine and look for biblical guidance for a job search. Not decisions regarding a career, but specific help in a job search. Try it on Amazon. Look on You Tube. Look anywhere you want and I will guarantee you the only book you will find that integrates biblical principles and strategies with cutting-edge search techniques will be my own book.
That’s what I saw a couple of years ago. I was working with an ex-pastor client as a career coach. He was burnt out and was looking to make a job change. We started through the program, and he made great strides. He found many possibilities and was eagerly pursuing them. Toward the end of the program however, it dawned on me, Hey, here’s a guy whose faith is really important to him. Yet, as a Christian career coach I’m not providing any guidance, insights, biblical principles specific to a job search to integrate with the practical steps he needs to take in his search.
At that point I went online and started looking. I found exactly what you found if you did a search; nothing, nada, zip, zilch. Then I sensed the Spirit of God nudging me with the thought that maybe I should consider writing such a book. I have worked with over 5,000 clients and been at it for over 20 years and had a ton of practical experience and expertise. So I accepted the challenge with a great deal of fear and trembling, but also with a great deal of excitement.
I already had the practical side of a job search pretty well under control since I was working with clients every day in that endeavor. However, like others, I had no idea what or if the Bible said anything specific about the topic. So I went to work. I tried to think of any scriptural passages that spoke to that subject, and of course came up empty. I tried to think of any single verses that addressed it, and again came up with nnothing.
I looked at Bible handbooks, online Bible tools, messages from well-known Bible ministers, and could find no one that had spoken to that topic. I Googled the subject in general, and found little of help. So then I tried to think of another way of approaching this quest. I asked myself if there were any biblical personalities that had undergone a job loss, job change, or job search. That’s when I struck gold! Almost every Old Testament and New Testament leader had made a job change at some point in their walk of faith.
Israel’s leaders in the Old Testament went from being shepherds, fig pickers, and nomads to being the Prime Minister of Egypt, a prophet, and the king of Israel. The twelve apostles went from being fishermen, a tax collector, and other vocations to being preachers, evangelists, and teachers. There were plenty of examples for what I needed. But of course, the Bible does not come right out and say what each of these individuals did to make their job change. It was not written for that purpose, so I had to dig in and see if it provided any material along those lines. And I found the golden nuggets.
As I studied I narrowed down the selection of biblical personalities to focus on two; Joseph of coat-of-many-colors fame in the Old Testament, and Saul of Tarsus, who would become the apostle Paul, in the New Testament. These two are pretty widely known biblical personalities and I thought that would make it easier to talk about their lives. I wouldn’t have to introduce them; most church attenders probably already knew something about them.
So my challenge then became digging into the biblical text to see what I could find in their lives that talked about their job change. Joseph especially was a study that provided a great deal of information on how God works in a job change.
I captured the examples, principles, and strategies from the lives of these two men, as well as general principles scattered throughout the Bible, and put it all together to become; Your Road to Damascus: 6 Biblical Secrets for an Effective Job Search.
This book is unlike any other on the market. You will not find another that provides the details and depth of material that you will find in Your Road to Damascus. Check it out. Your next job change may be just around the corner.
You can read more about this book at: www.MindWarePublishi.com.
You can view a book trailer at: http://youtu.be/LULi5srSf80
I want to thank you for the opportunity to tell The Story Behind the Book. I encourage you to take a look at this book. You will never view a job loss in the same way again. You will find hope, encouragement, renewal, and revival in its pages, and will hear God speak to you as you encounter Him in the text.
ABOUT WILLIAM Y. HIGGINS
The seed for this book was planted many years ago. Bill’s journey down his road to Damascus began as a senior in high school when he had his personal encounter with the risen Lord. Immediately upon graduation from high school he faced his first crossroad when contemplating what to do vocationally. He joined the U.S. Air Force because he really wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. It was while in the service that he began to see how his own internal GPS (God’s Positioning System) was calibrated.
As he began to follow the direction of his internal GPS, other crossroads led him to Biola University and Talbot Seminary where he earned a B.S. and M.A. respectively in Christian Education. Upon graduation, the next three destinations on his journey led to local churches in the U.S. and Canada where he served as a Minister of Christian Education for almost 10 years. These were opportunities to use his organizational, curriculum development, instructional design and classroom facilitation skills. These were delightful years.
Bill faced another crossroad at the last church he served when he resigned and then found himself in his prison years. For four years he traveled a dusty, pothole filled road as he consulted his roadmap. During this time he viewed the world from the prison cell of under-employment. His perspective through the cell bars was as an owner/operator of a commercial janitorial business. These were four tortuous years as he saw one opportunity after another disintegrate. These years gave him the ability to relate to others experiencing the same employment imprisonment.
At the conclusion of these four years, Bill faced another crossroad and selected a new direction in his vocational travels; looking to apply his skills and experience in the business community. He made stops along the way as he worked for about six years in three industry leading organizations as a Director of Training & Development, attaining the position of Vice-President of Corporate Training at one stop.
It was also during this time that he took a parallel road into the field of Career Coaching. He has spent over 20 years working with individuals and small groups as they struggle down their own roads to Damascus and conduct their own job searches.
While continuing as a career coach, where he has worked with over 5,000 clients, Bill also embarked down another path by starting his own consulting business, MindWare Incorporated (www.mindwareincorporated.com). MindWare pulled together the specialties of career coaching, instructional design, and technical writing. IN this capacity, Bill has worked with many Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous smaller organizations of a for-profit and non-profit status.
Bill’s writing experience has been primarily in the area of technical and curriculum writing of a proprietary nature. He has written literally hundreds of technical documents and curriculum courseware. This stop, writing Your Road to Damascus, is his first venture into writing for public consumption.
You can learn more about Bill at www.mindwareincorporated.com under the About Us tab.