Many savvy professionals say that they don’t worry about losing their jobs, because they can simply pick up the phone and call people in their network. In fact, I’ve heard people claim that they are so well-networked, they’ve never had to apply for any job after the first one.
As part of an assignment for class, I listed everyone in my professional network and assessed the strength of our relationships and their ability to influence my career. Let me tell you, this exercise did not serve to reduce my worry about a potential job loss! The U.S. economy is bad, many companies are cutting jobs, and, wow, I have gaping holes in my network! As if I didn’t have enough on my mind already, now I can worry about my lack of connections to C-suite executives.
Several weeks after this exercise, I realized I left off my list the most influential Person in my network – God. Kingdoms, nations, and corporations do not rise or fall outside of His dominion. He is has power over the grandest schemes of man, yet He is intimately involved in the smallest details of our lives. And I don’t even have to call His admin and angle for fifteen minutes His time. In fact, He reached out to me first. He so greatly desired a restored relationship with me, that He sent His Son Jesus to die for my sins and raised Jesus from the dead. Now I can talk to Him every day, whenever I want.
Because I am networked with God, I don’t have to worry about my job anymore. My future is in the hands of the most powerful Person in the universe, who loves me and wants the best for me.
(Of course, trusting God isn’t a free pass to avoid networking with people. I wrote about networking here, and I’ll have more to say on the subject in future posts.)