Belonging to a Christian group at University. Pancakes. NTE (National Training Event). Full time work. Can you spot the odd one out? The transition from University life to full time work is one that many Christians find very tough. At university you have the privilege of journeying with fellow believers, receiving regular encouragement from God’s word and benefiting from the (many) Christian events designed to challenge, grow, and develop your faith. This is replaced with a secular workplace, where Christianity may be mocked, and often you may be the only Christian. This is a dramatic transition, and then as months go by, you find your walk with the Lord struggling. You now have to get up early in the morning to get ready for work. You may be required to work overtime. And you no longer have your friends on campus for a prayer session during lunch.
If the above rings true for you then may I encourage you in three ways.
- Draw near to God by scheduling in time to read his word and pray to him (James 4:10). A set time may not be as spontaneous as university days, but with the craziness of work, a daily routine is a great way to help you fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
- Keep this up even when you don’t feel like it, for God is worthy of our praise all the time and nothing can separate you from his love (Romans 8:38-39).
- Find a Christian friend or two to pray with regularly, perhaps form a prayer triplet and meet during your lunch break once a month. The prayers of God’s righteous people are powerful and effective (James 5:16), and the support from fellow Christian workers is wonderfully encouraging as you support each other by praising God and casting all your anxiety on him (1 Peter 5:7).
Finally, what a wonderful encouragement that we are ultimately serving the Lord when we work (Colossians 3:23-24), and he has opportunities prepared for us to serve him as we do all things for his glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). Yes, full time work is tough, but God is more than able to help us flourish as salt and light wherever he in his wisdom has placed us.