After watching the World Cup finals a few days ago, a commercial for Guinness Beer came on. Normally, I don’t pay much attention to these ads, but I heard a familiar tune in the background. It was Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. It struck me as odd that an Irish beer commercial would use an American hymn tune in the background.

My first thought was that perhaps this tune, like many Wesleyan hymns, was originally a familiar bar tune. I did my research, and the answer was, No. I can’t figure out why that tune was used, but as my mind wandered, I did begin to think of how easy it is to look away from God and escape to things like alcohol for comfort during times of struggles, rather than leaning on the Everlasting Arms of the Lord Jesus to get us through our trials.

I’ll even admit, after a long hard day, my first thought is to say, “I need a drink,” rather than to humble myself in gratitude for a productive day of work and thank God for His blessings. I’m not proud of it, but I also realize that I’m not alone in my faults and my thinking.

But where do we look when we’re struggling to find a new job or new career? Friends, career management experts, recruiters, career centers, former co-workers and bosses, resume books, the internet? How often do we often seek God last rather than first? Matthew 6:33 even reminds us, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”

Job search isn’t easy, and it can take several months, even up to a year or more to find the right job. In the midst of sending out numerous resumes and applying for jobs, it’s easy to get bogged down in self-pity and depression. I consistently tell clients, to get off the computer, out of the house, and start setting up meetings with people, and talk to them about potential job opportunities. Networking, informational interviewing, and getting personal job referrals to companies are going to open up significantly more career opportunities than applying to jobs online. Don’t get sucked into the mindset of, “I’ve applied to 40 jobs online and I haven’t received one interview. I guess there’s something wrong with my resume.” It may not be the resume. It could be that you’re leaning on the wrong resources and going about your job search in an extremely inefficient manner.

In the midst of your job search and/or career change, don’t forget to Lean on the Everlasting Arms of the Lord and look for His guidance and His blessings. While you’re at it, maybe you should meet a friend over a beer and plan out your job search strategy. Hey, maybe I just finally figured out the commercial! (joke) In all seriousness, keep the Lord near and dear to your heart and feel the peace that surrounds you rather than the buzz of too many brewskies. If you do want additional assistance, feel free to contact me, and we can discuss options.

The words in the hymn say it all:

(1)What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms; What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms. {chorus}

{Chorus} Leaning, Leaning Safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

(2)O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, Leaning on the everlasting arms. O, how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms. {chorus}

(3)What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms. I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.