A career can be disrupted by any number of events; but when God calls you he enables you to fulfill your calling even in the most difficult circumstances. Here are a few examples of God's vessels succeeding in the face of great adversity. Moses faced Pharoah and the Red Sea, Joseph was thrown in a pit and left to die, Esther had crazy Haman whose plot would have destroyed the Jews. David was pursued and hunted down by King Saul, Jesus had to face the cross, Paul had many trials, afflictions and advasaries to deal with, Martin L. King had Jim Crow, Bull Conner, and the KKK. And the List goes on and on and on. These were not careers these men and women chose, it was a special calling from God to do His will at a certain time, in a certain place, among a given population of people.
For some people in Scripture the call of God involved living in slavery, being captured and sent into exile or being put to death. Their career trajectories did not look promising, yet they fulfilled their callings in extraordinary ways. And not just in Scripture. Charles Colson had one of the most high profile careers in America. He had access to power and influence, yet he landed in prison. He thought his career was over, and in a way he was right. But his calling was jiust beginning. He was called to reach prisoners just like him.
He reflects: "The real legacy of my life was my biggest failure; that I was an EX-convict. My great humiliation-being sent to prison, was the beginning of God's greatest use of my life; He chose the one experience in which I could not glory, for His glory." Sometimes in the providence of God, the end of your career can be the beginning of your calling.
All of my preparatory career years as a teacher, was preparing me to become more than a teacher of elementary students in a school environment. My proclivity toward details, my gift to relate to students and their parents, my attention to the inclusion of African-American literarure, emphasis on mentoring and the building of moral character, the implementation and fostering a love for the oral traadition of our ancestors among students, was making a way for me to use these gifts and talents to build my ministry. I am certain that I could have extended my teaching career for several more years. However, something within me was pushing me to step out on faith to pursue a greater call than just a career in teaching. It was my "DESTINY."
Destiny was calling me to step away from the classroom and call on God to reveal what my destiny code contained. What else was in my Spiritual DNA that I had not tapped into yet? Certainly the writing of my book, "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers," evolved from a deep hurtful place. But I would have never known a book was in me, if I had not gone through the loss of my daughter. These and other circumstances helped to catapult me into making the decision to retire from teaching and pursue full time ministry.
The passion that I once had for teaching had begun to wane during the last decade. Teaching became a drudgery at times.I loved the kids, well most of them , lol but I hated the job. My passion was tied up in being in the will of God, and doing those things that would further develop me as a minister of the gospel. Having more time to do the things of God, would eliminate my excuse for not accepting my pastoral call. More time would also allow me to continuing in my new endeavor as an author.
Passion is the thing that will drive you to do what you love, even without getting a paycheck. There are many more times that I ministered without getting an offering, than there were when one was collected or given to me as an honorarium. But to all of it I say. "To God Be The Glory." The Bible says, "Your gift will make room for you."
What are you passionate about? What do you feel God is calling you to in this season? I said this up top, but it bears repeating. Sometimes in the providence of God, the end of your career can be the beginning of your calling, or the extension of it. Think about it!
It 's a beautiful sunny crisp day in New England, Be Thankful and:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."