day 3K369: Our Resume?

“…Your lives are a letter written in our hearts, and everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.”

Call it a resume. Call it a profile. Call it a bio or call it a “CV” (mostly a term used in Europe, but there is a real difference versus a resume says; “The primary differences between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included and what each is used for. A resume is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education. While a resume is brief and concise – no more than a page or two, a CV is a longer (at least two page) and more detailed synopsis. A CV includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details.”) Probably that is more than you wanted to know, but I reference all of the above because at some point we all write down something about ourselves and give it to others to obtain a job. Even if we are filling out an application with our work history, we are completing our resume (or maybe even our CV) for someone else to make a decision about whether or not we should be hired. So, they are important and we should all have some form of one handy and ready to go, just in case. How we write these tells much about us. What we choose to highlight, reference, or call-out about our experiences and learning can indicate our priorities. My best advice is to always seek out someone who is skilled at looking at and reviewing resumes and have them take a look at yours before you send it out. You will likely get feedback that can make it better.

The same can be said of the resume that we are writing today for ourselves. If we were to spend time at the end of the day listing our accomplishments and had to fill in a full resume from just one day’s experience, what would we say about ourselves? How would we describe our education or our extra activities that we accumulated in this one day? How would we complete our accomplishments and the measurements that go with it? How many different jobs did we do today and did we spend enough time on each one? Did we finish everything that we started? These are questions not only about our work, but about our life and how we show up for God on our job. If we had to submit today’s resume to God, would He take a look at it and give us more of His work to do or would He not see much that would give Him the confidence that we should be provided more? Fortunately, our God never withholds His grace and love. Think about today’s resume and see if it can’t be improved?

Reference: 2 Corinthian 3:2 (New Living Translation)

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