The job will allow me to continue with my coaching and pastoral counseling clients, as well as some other ministries that I work with, and that all makes me happy. Those are parts of my life that I truly hope never go away. I am in my “wheel house” walking with people through the dis-ease and ick of transitions and healing. It is what I am wired to do.
And, this new job comes at a time when I was thinking that perhaps God had forgotten about me. He didn’t. He provides. He is faithful, even when I can’t see it. And, that is just one of the lessons I learned through the last few months.
The constant reminder these days is that nothing is wasted in our lives. Our experiences today provide instruction, in one way or another, for our experiences tomorrow.
For example, my previous management experience was used even in my ministry positions the last couple of years, and will be used in my new job. My experiences as a survivor of rape and of domestic violence have helped me in ministry AND in my work in the "marketplace.” Compassion and healing are needed wherever we are. Being able to recognize pain and offer compassion and hope are not reserved for the church and formal ministry.
The last two years of ministry outside the marketplace have shaped me in ways I cannot begin to understand, and I look forward to continuing to do the things that honor God and bring meaning to my life wherever I am.
I’ve no idea what this next season of my life will entail. But, I will bring all of me to it. The experiences of the last two years will go with me into the new position, allowing me to see things from a perspective that is different from the life-view that I had when I left the corporate world two years ago.
Because, here is the big lesson for all of us:
Every experience that we have leaves us changed in some way.
My corporate experiences shaped the way that I understood my seminary studies, worked as a leader within the church, and identified with both congregants and staff. My faith and church experiences shaped the way I dealt with people in the office, even before I went into seminary.
There is no separating who I am at the core whether I have the title of manager or pastor. How can there be? God’s work infiltrates every part of who I am. There is still Hope at the center of my being.
We can choose to be changed in negative and bitter ways, or we can choose to find the wise, life-giving, God-breathed inspiration for going deeper and loving more. I know my choice, what about you? Which perspective will you choose to bring into your world? It is not too late to change it and view your position, whatever it is, from new perspectives.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.