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What's Next?

Posted by Lorianne Lee on


In my last Estuaries blog, I wrote about preparing for my Senior Professional in Human Resources certification, SPHR. I have since completed the prep class, passed the test, and have a fancy electronic badge. When people ask what it means, I explain that it affirms my competency and experience in Human Resources and solidifies my credibility as an HR leader. My SPHR credential makes me more marketable.

Image courtesy of HR Certification Institute, used with permission

But the question begs, more marketable for what? I don’t know. I’m not sure what God has planned for me next. It’s not like God is calling me to leave my current job. I don’t have a clear sense of calling for what I want to do next. I just know earning this certification is an opportune time for me to start thinking about my future career goals.

Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy my job. I believe in the mission, am passionate about helping our employees and protecting the organization, and I have brought a new level of professionalism and competency to our Human Resources Department. As with any position, there are some aspects about my job that I absolutely love; other factors, not so much. I know all jobs are like that. It doesn’t matter if I work a big corporate job, in a church, for a non-profit, or in education. I have no illusions that there is one job that is absolutely perfect. I have, over the past couple of years, had a growing sense that I miss teaching.

I have absolutely no desire to return to the traditional classroom setting. However, my enthusiasm for learning, training, and facilitating are things that I continue to be drawn to. When I have been able to lead a “Lunch and Learn,” facilitate trainings, or teach a class, my excitement in both the preparation and execution has been undeniable. Doing so definitely brings me joy.

In addition to being open to whatever God may plop in my lap, I am doing what makes me feel safe. I am taking time to do research. I’m spending more time on LinkedIn, learning about various positions that could combine my HR experience with my passion for training and development. I’m following companies that may be a good fit. I am connecting with people who have similar interests, and meeting with others who are willing to share their experience and insights with me.

If you are familiar with the DiSC® Profile personality test, I am a strong C and D. No, that was not a typo. I realize that is a very unique combination. I am the D (Dominance) who takes initiative and makes things happen. When I dive head first into a project or cause, it’s due to the D in me. But I am also a processor. That means before I jump in, the C (Conscientiousness) in me needs to gather facts, analyze my options, and do things in a systematic way before I make a well-educated decision.

Even as I pick apart my ability to pick everything apart, God reminds me that I can’t predict and plan for every possible scenario. God is the only one who knows what he has planned. I can do my due diligence and learn what I can, but ultimately, it comes down to trust. Do I trust that God will continue to provide for me if I leave the security of my current job? Do I believe that God loves me and has good plans for me? Do I trust that God knows what’s best? Do I believe that if God places a desire on my heart, he will bring it to fruition? These are questions I struggle with when I am not spending time with God.

When I am in close relationship with God, I am confident in who he is and what he can do. I know he is faithful. I trust that he will continue to provide for me. God always knows what we need to hear. When I spend time in his word, I am reminded of scriptures that speak truth in the face of the enemy’s lies.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11 NIV)

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Pr 3:6 NIV)

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps 37:4 NIV)

God has faithfully provided for me in the past and will continue to do so in the future. God loves me and has good plans for me. I don’t need to doubt his intentions. If I align my desires with God’s will, I can choose to trust in his provisions and perfect timing for all things. It is possible that as I take on a posture of openness, God will reveal a completely different path than even I could imagine. I want to be so in alignment with God’s will that I would be obedient and take steps to follow him, whether that means staying where I am, taking tiny baby steps, or making a huge leap of faith. After all, God is the one who knows what’s best and what’s next.


Lorianne Lee is one of the old-timers here at The River, having been a part of our church since our Sunnyvale days. She has been an active member of our community serving in a variety of ministries, mentoring, volunteering, and participating in and leading small groups. Lorianne is a doer, always finding herself busy and out of time. She is currently in a season of trying to slow down so she can be more present to God and those around her.


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