Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Life of a Twenty-Something: Careers

The place where God calls you is where your deep gladness meets the world's deep hunger. (Fredrick Buechner)


Earlier last month, I was surprised when my boss called me into his office and offered me a permanent position at Reasons To Believe, the science-and-faith think tank I've been working for (as a temporary copyeditor) these past four months.
A few weeks prior I had no idea where God would place me when my contract was up in September, but I was amazingly at peace with it. I had an interview with another company that seemed like an exciting place to work, but also seemed like a risk I wasn't sure I should take. Then, to my surprise, the day of my interview was the same day my supervisor gave me the option to stay and work as a permanent copyeditor. 

I was both overwhelmed and excited. I had been preparing myself to leave RTB in the coming weeks and had finally found peace with the idea of moving forward, to something new. However, I knew that I had just been offered a great opportunity to grow and learn more as an editor. I still interviewed with the other company and felt I presented myself well, but as I waited for an answer, I realized God was telling me to stay at RTB. Once I found that peace, the next day I received a "sorry, we decided to go with other candidates," email from one of the interviewers. I wasn't sad. I was actually relieved. 

It's been about a month since I was hired on permanently at Reasons and, after five months here, I still have a lot to learn. Everyday at work my faith and confidence is challenged in big and small ways. Twenty one years young and navigating the "real world" is a daily reality that both terrifies and thrills me (though, I admit, I'm mostly terrified). 

May my mind be molded by faith, not fear. May God's truth be my daily inspiration to work and live for His glory instead of my own.     


  1. What an amazing blessing and story Elissa! Thanks for sharing. It's encouraging to hear and I hope it continues to work out for you. I love your blog. I need to visit more often for eye-candy and sweet stories like these :).

    1. You're the sweetest! Thanks so much :) I mainly started to get myself writing more, but I have to say, it means so much that you enjoy it too! I'll definitely have more outfit posts in the future (part of the reason why I want the camera!) I'm loving my job, definitely God's work that allowed me to be here. P.S. I think you should start a blog, I think you have an eye for creativity that you need to share! :)

  2. Hey Elissa! Sorry I didn't respond until now. It's not like FB and I am not on one now lol. Glad to hear the job is still going well :). You probably already saw my blog by clicking my name, but I mostly just take photos for now. Although, fashion is so fun too.


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