October 18 – What is Your Professional Identity?

291 – What Is Your Professional Identity?

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Yesterday I was having a conversation with a colleague about other colleagues. As you know, I try to understand why people d what they do. He explained to me, that their actions are based on supporting and advancing their professional identity. Other colleagues don’t behave that way as it’s not part of their identity. This struck me deep.

I have never thought about my professional identity. I try to behave mostly professional and I do my best at whatever I do. But I never thought that is what defines me. My work is something I do and something I enjoy (most of the time but we all have bad days). I consider myself an educator, organization developer, and a technologist. Those are skills In have but aren’t part of my being. Or maybe it is?

Have you thought about your identity? Do you have a whole person identity or a work one, the a hike one, then a community one. All day in all an identity to fit the group you are with?

Scripture
  • But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9
  • As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: – 1 Peter 4:10
Reflection

In previous #faithbites, we have talked about gifts and talents. That the Lord has granted us all different gifts to use together. When we talk about identity to me it’s I’m a man who follows Christ. I have these other skills but they are not markers of identity.

Sure, I want recognition for the work I do. I want to see advancement but my job isn’t me. It’s something that helps me meet people, provide for my family,  and share his word

Do you have a separate professional identity? If so, how does it help you be a better servant of the Lord?

Charge

Think about how you describe yourself. What traits or characteristics do you use? Is your profession in their before or after your declqdeclar of faith? If so, take a moment tobreadjust. Have your faith in our God first and forwmfor. He will reward and protect you.

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