It seems that jobs in these fields are drying up and a growing population of people are caught in a pinch. The pinch is that we all find ourselves in a world that is almost impossible to live in without money. But it is self-evident that this physical world that we are clinging to is temporary and we will all be dead within a seven or eight decade time-span.
God did not design us for living in such a limited sphere. We were each individually created with the divine gift of being able to perform some special use in the universe. But this specialness must be coaxed out of us and touch our soul because it will determine our place in the spiritual realm of eternity. This rare kind of on-the-job training comes with taking our spiritual growth seriously. Only through spiritual growth can our inner potentials be recognized and released.
Our challenge on this finite earth is to temporarily monetize our spiritual gifts. That is, through creativity, we must convince others that what we offer will benefit others enough that they will pay us for it. How else can mutual love enter human life but through one’s valued utility?
I’m lucky. God gave me the gift of writing. As an author I can write about what I want and continue to do it past the age of retirement. I did pay my dues—having worked for others most of my life and even doing various odd and physical jobs when I was a young man. Eventually I succeeded in becoming a vice president and Creative Director of an advertising agency. But none of these occupations touched my soul. In fact, I often rebelled at these earthly work-choices (regardless of salary). But I could still write!
My father wanted me to become a dentist. As someone who grew up in the Great Depression, he recognized that such a career would likely bring me a degree of financial success. For a long time he was worried about my not taking the sure and beaten path. (But he loved sports and became a physical education teacher and high school coach—so he was doing what he loved. Later he saw that I could make a living doing what I loved.)
But times are becoming more challenging.
I think over time, worsening conditions will force people to reach deeper inside themselves and re-invent their worldview and value to society. Marketing studies say this is already beginning to happen with younger generations. Doing what one loves from sincerity and from one’s spiritual conscience is the essence of true happiness and allows heaven to operate within you.
I know this is difficult when there is rent or a mortgage hanging over your head but you may have previously bought into an earthly paradigm that is not sustainable. I believe that a part of the Lord’s “Second Coming” will be to shake-up and challenge the current worldview as to why we are really here on this planet!