Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A New Chapter

Have you ever had someone tell you that you are crazy to consider making a change in your life?  I have heard that... a lot of times actually.  For some reason, call it faith or stupidity, I love change.  I love when God opens a door and I get to walk through.  As I have gotten older and maybe a little wiser, I am slower to move but I still have a passion for going after what God wants in my life and sometimes that appears to others as quick decisions and life changes.

I have been working at Nike for several years.  It has been such an awesome experience.  The people, the environment, the culture, the product, the food, the fun, the childcare, the benefits, the summer hours, the bonus checks.  I honestly cannot make up a bad thing to say about working for Nike.  It is everything you have heard it is and more.  So I guess it does make sense that people think I am crazy for leaving.

But here are the questions I keep coming back to:
If something is great am I to just assume that God wants me there?
And since I am comfortable should I stop seeking what He wants for my life?

The decision to leave Nike had me face to face with the reality of having to live out what I profess to believe.  I believe that my identity is 100% found in Jesus, that's it.  I have fought for years to break out of the bondage that came from finding my identity elsewhere, specifically work.  I love to work, I love to help people and I have always been praised for working hard.  Over time I began to tie my worth to what I did for a living.  I honestly did not know who I was outside of the work I did.  Keeping up was hard and exhausting, trying to figure out the next best way to make money, get to the top, impress others.  At the end of the day I found myself empty and unable to fill myself anymore from hard work and accomplishments.  The more I looked to myself for answers the more frustrated I got.  So I began the battle to learn who God says I am and the long journey to find my worth and value in Him alone.

Years later, call me "crazy" but I feel at complete peace knowing what a work God has done in me.  I know He is calling me elsewhere and I refuse to allow fear, pride or laziness to keep me from following Him.  I am far from healed from my need to perform but He is working in me, daily.  So as I close this chapter and begin a new I am excited to see how God is going to use me and others for His glory. At the end of the day that is really what all of this is about anyways, right?

  My last day with my awesome friends 

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