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Jack Of All Trades

I'm the jack of all trades, but I don't know what "job" God wants me to do. How can I choose when I know how to do almost everything yet I don't have a degree.

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 ---helen7343 on 9/9/08
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Did you think to actually ask God for an answer while praying? I have done this and had answers quite quickly. I can't advise that you should act upon any message you get back from asking as it may not be what you are expecting. Could shock you also but it is worth trying. God answers can be very clear if you ask the proper questions in an appropriate way. First relax and concentrate. Think about what you can do vs. what you would not try, then narrow down your question until you know what to pray for to start with. This may take time until you get it just so. It will work eventually. Pray you can ask concisely.
---Pamela on 10/1/08

Mary has chosen what is best...
---bystander on 9/28/08

This reminds me of the "rest of the story" when we used to say that someone was a jack of all trades, but master of none. Lots of people claim to be able to do just about everything, but have trouble actually concentrating long enough to complete a task. Remember one thing. When you present a resume to a potential employer, they don't want to know that you had a lot of different jobs. They want to know if you have skills and if you stay with one employer for an extensive amount of time.
---SusieB on 9/14/08

Whatever your expertise as "jack of all trades", you can also search (in your browser, the posting rules here prohibit URLs) the search terms...

1) Colleges and Universities that Offer Free Courses Online (use this exact term).

2) free college courses

3) pendaflexlearningcenter

The last search term is for the Pendaflex office supply company (because they hope that you will someday be a customer for office supplies, but there is absolutely NO obligation at all,...EVER).

You can also take a LIFE EXPERIENCE TEST at a college education center (you might qualify for a degree right now).

There are also such things as free colleges (not too many anymore, but check).
---more_excellent_way on 9/14/08

could it be possible God wants you too be what you are?specialization is overated.
---tom2 on 9/14/08

There is a story in the Bible about a prophet who came to a ladies house. She did not have anything to offer him, so the prophet asked what do you have in your hand? She had only one vat of oil, the prophet asked her to bring it to him, and when she did, they had to keep getting vats to fill up with an overflow of oil. God says the same thing "What do you have in your hand (gifts, talents, etc.)". Give it to God and watch Him multiply it.
---Leslie on 9/13/08

There are two trains of thought here. One, the job of a Christian and, two, the job that provides for yourself and your family.

The first one is shown in scripture. Obey the two commandments. Also do an online Bible search for "one another" and "each other."

As for the second, God allows you to do whatever you need to do, but do it to glorify God. If you are a dishwasher, then wash dishes to please God, not to please man. Also read: Titus3:14, 1Timothy5:8, 2Timothy2:15, 1Corinth10:31, Col3:17, Gen2:15, Eph4:28, 1Thess4:11,12, 2Thes3:7-12, Proverbs 10:5, Proverbs12:11, Proverbs20:13

For the mothers: Proverbs 31
---Steveng on 9/11/08

You don't need a degree to become successful. I can't remember her name, but a women became the most sought after expert in the field of cancer. She never attended medical school, she is not a doctor or scientist. She learned everything she knows by self study because someone in her family had cancer.

Also, fifty six percent of all successful people never graduated high school. Immigrants come to America without a penny to their name, just the shirt on their backs, but yet they work hard for a couple of years and in a few years they are successful in their own business.

And how much more successful can you be when you do everything to glorify God.
---Steveng on 9/11/08

Helen...You must be very young. In order to be able to do "almost everything" you would have to be able to deliver a baby, perform surgery, cook a gourmet meal, perform CPR, teach a classroom full of delinquent teenagers, drive an ambulance, build a house from scratch, operate every kind of heavy equipment there is, pastor a church, lead worship service at church, counsel couples for marital problems, guide a group of people through the Amazon, paint a house, etc., etc.,etc. Some of these require a degree. Many of them don't. A good way to decide what career path to follow is to work in the field where you are happiest as long as it is to the glory of the Lord.
---SusieB on 9/11/08

Just because it is a good decision to be in a job, does not mean it is a God decision. Seek God's will for your life, and then you will be right where you are called to be. Then true blessings and happiness will come to you, because it will not seem like labor (I have to do it), but fun (I get to do it).
---Leslie on 9/11/08

Just because I know how to do something, this doesn't mean God wants me to do it (o: He often has me doing more and better, even practically, than what I was thinking, moments before I find myself doing what He has me do with Him. So, submit to God, and enjoy how He surprises you (o: Our Father enjoys surprising His kiddos (o: All those capabilities can make you able to help people as a Christian, and you never know when and what > but most of all be relating in love with people, and let helping opportunities come naturally with submitting to God and how He has your love relating develop. And "Freely you have received, freely give." (in Matthew 10:8)
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/11/08

If God hasn't showed you yet then just go and do what you can wherever you can. Maybe this is the way he wants you to operate. I'm sure that he will let you know if there is a one big job he wants you to do.
---john on 9/11/08

First, what do you want to do for a living? God isn't going to make us do something we don't want too. For example: My wife, who wanted to be a missionary, was sure God was going to send her to some cold climate because she hated the cold. Instead, she spent 33 years in Puerto Rico where it never gets cold. He will give us the desires of our heart. So, you need to decide what the desire of your heart is. (You may need additional training/education to reach this objective.)

Second, try to get a job in this area. God will open and/or shut the doors as long as you are sensitive to doing what He wants.
---wivv on 9/10/08

Who says you need a degree to do the job God wants you to do? God called me to sing, he is the one who gave me this talent, I didn't have voice lessons to do what God has called me to do. Only God can show you what your job for him is. I suggest you pray and let God show you what he wants you to do.
---Rebecca_D on 9/10/08

Pray to find out God's will for your life. The prayer that I have been praying latly is for God to take me out of every place He does NOT want me in, and put me in every place He wants me in. I have also been praying that God will show me my destiny, plant me in my destiny, and activate my destiny. It does not matter if you do not have a degree. God choose the disciples who most of them were uneducated, and they changed the world. Let God educate you, it is the BEST education you can get, and it only costs you time.
---Leslie on 9/10/08

helen, why don't you make a list of everything that you can do and then write down the pro's and con's of each thing you can do. For example, how much would that kind of job pay. What are the hours? Do you get benefits in that job?

When you say you know how to do almost everything, what are some examples of things you can do? Fly an airplane? Because that would be an interesting job.

If you know all the software a company requires, would you be interested in doing PowerPoint graphic design?

What are some of the everythings you can do? Maybe we can guide you along with questions to ask.
---donna8365 on 9/10/08

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God wants you to let the "works" be done/finished in you by TRUSTING that HE did them all. Don't choose a foundation of your own (Hebrews chap. 6).

John 6:28
"Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"

John 9:3
"Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might BE MADE MANIFEST IN him"

Let God's spirit be your only spiritual teacher, He will teach you what is TRUE so that you will have a "more excellent" devotion (1 Corinthians 12:31, "FAITH FOR" faith, Romans 1:17) when you learn the depths of God (1 Corinthians 2:10) and the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
---more_excellent_way on 9/10/08

Salvation is a FREE gift and nothing is expected in return. Do nothing IN RETURN (do not set a foundation of your own). You have already been justified IN JESUS...

Romans 3:24
"they are justified by his grace as a gift"

...and since nothing is required in return, let your goodness be of your own freewill

Philemon verse 14

"that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will".

Let your love be made PERFECT (1 John 4:18), for when the perfect comes...

1 Corinthians 13:10

"but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away".
---more_excellent_way on 9/10/08

First, you should pray and ask God what it is He wants you to do. Then, I suggest you see if you can take some sort of assessment to learn what jobs you would be most suited for based on your interests and personality, like the Strong Interest Inventory. I believe some are available online. Finally, try some jobs that interest you that you are quallified for, and see if you like them. I thought I was interested in studying nursing, so I took a job as a nurse's aid and after two months, decided I would not pursue nursing.
---Trish9863 on 9/9/08

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