Is Career Really Everything?

Even on a Christian campus like mine at Asbury College, I see our culture shaping the minds of my peers. Disturbing? To some. For me, it is a challenge to invoke change.

I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. earlier this month as part of a class seminar that focused on seeing culture and politics through a Christian view.

One afternoon, on a walk to the Capitol building from our hotel, I was overwhelmed with the solitary independence shown on the faces of the people in D.C. as they scurried about. Family is not a priority for the majority of those living and working there, I was told by a friend and fellow Asburian working with the CIA. He said that everyone around him is career-driven and fully-independent. Why is this relevant? Our culture puts too much emphasis on self!

What can I do about it? I’m merely a 20-year-old girl, not even an “adult” in the opinion of some. But does it matter? God has a great purpose for me. I was born to make a difference for Him. I can feel His excitement for my future in my veins; with every pulsation of my heart. And this trip to D.C. clarified my vision.

I seek to see the world through God’s eyes. But what am I to do with His divine insight? Bill Wichterman, the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison for the Bush administration, spoke to our group. A strong Christian and bold in his faith, Wichterman expressed his enthusiasm for Christians in the media. He noted that only 7% of journalists today are Christians. He spoke to us on his last day of work, just before the inauguration. It being his last day of work, he didn’t hold anything back, but spoke his mind. He said that power is fleeting and used his own life as an example–one day he is working for the president, the next he is out looking for a job with almost no hope of finding one as a Republican in a Democratic-controlled town. Is career really everything?

As a college senior, there is much emphasis placed on career. People ask how you’re doing, then immediately follow with questions like, “What are you going to do after you graduate?” But is that the question adults should be asking this generation? Or should it be something more important?

Morgan Schutters is a senior communications student at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. and serves as web editor of the The Asbury Collegian website.

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