I was thinking about this recently when I began watching a series called Orange County Choppers which is about the custom manufacturing of motorcycles and the way that a family of sons interact with their father. I found it interesting that each of them were looking ultimately for value and approval from a Father. Those of you who know me know that I have a wild side that yearns for adventure and craves time with people. I was thinking about all of this and discussing it with my Love when we started talking about my work.
My Love advised that maybe I should consider a career change and go back to school to be a mechanic, specifically a motorcycle mechanic. She found a website that showed a school in Florida that required a year of intense training which included a period in which you could specialize your training in a particular area: Asian bikes, European Bikes, American Cruisers, or Custom bikes. She saw this opportunity and advised that I should check it out. She advised that: I know that you would love it and you were created for this. She stated that I've sacrificed so much for the family and have worked a multitude of jobs, sometimes more than one to help get our family off the ground and to provide for the needs of the family. She can not understand why I would desire to stay in a job that I don't particularly like. So I found myself grasping with evaluating where I am at this juncture of my life. So I went to read from a book that I'd been reading titled: "The Seven Longings of the Human Heart" by Mike Bickle with Deborah Hiebert. Published by Forerunner Books 2006. I immediately opened to the last page where I left off and began reading. A synopsis of what I read is in the following:
- Individuals have a dream
- They pursue that dream
- Life happens - disappointments after entering the real world
- A choice must be made: take the easy or hard way
- Or does it? Is there another way?
Attached is a segment from the book listed above:
"In that place of disappointment , they will enter a testing period. In lieu of the perfect opportunity, what will they do? Will they ignore the lessor opportunities at hand and hope to land a bigger one? Or will they roll up their sleeves and get down to business?"
How I choose to view this life will determine the outcome. How does the Lord view my current role in my job? After all isn't He the one that help me get this job. Has He told me that it's time to leave/move on or is it my flesh that's screaming to get out of this place? These questions are hard to answer unless we are willing to be honest with our selves. The book continues to tell a story about a young ministry leader who was working his way through Bible college. During the Summer he had to take a job working at a gas station, the only gas station in the town. He determined in his mind that all of his peers where out starting up new mega churches while he just pumped gas. What he began to realize over time was that he had an opportunity to make in impact right where he was and that his assignment to pump gas was really provided by the Lord as an opportunity to learn about people and human nature. In the story the student realized later that everyone needed gas. He determined that he would treat everyone as the jewels they were. So he gave the best full-service treatment he could regardless of whether they were new cars or old cars; people with lots of money or those with little. One thing he gave them was value and a loving caring heart. The Lord put him there for such a time. Has the Lord put me where I am? How about you? What life lessons can we learn right where we are at if we're willing to face the music? What if being at the job we are at is not about us? What if it's about what the Lord wants to do through us to connect with His people. He desperately wants a relationship with His people. Are you willing to be an extension of His hand and see the miracles happen as in the day of the New Testament church. This is a new day where exciting things can and will happen. Pray and ask the Lord for a new perspective, that he would open your perspective to His perspective. We all want to finish the race well, right? For in finishing well there will be a great reward as it is promised in the scriptures. For more on this topic you might want to check out the following scripture: