Well, I did it! Against all odds, I abandoned retirement and went back to work.
After four-and-a-half years of retirement and five months of COVID shutdown, my heart heard the call of the wild and could not resist. After praying and putting my resume out there, I felt the nudge of the Spirit. Next thing you know, I'd committed to once again enter the 9-5 workforce and abandon the writer life that I'd grown quite fond of really.
Actually, abandon is a bit of an overstatement. With one book in the can and planned for release later this fall and a second book over halfway done, I will certainly keep my toe in the Christian author world.
What Have I Learned?
When I walked out of my government office at the end of 2015, there were a few regrets about gathering all the knowledge and experience of a 34-year career only to leave it completely behind. Honestly, my main focus was the opportunity to finally give more time to ministry and loving others outside the workplace.
After writing Taking God to Work with my pastor Steve Reynolds, I felt securely planted in the Christian author world. Speaking at Iron Sharpens Iron Conferences, teaching a class or two at my church, and attending book fairs met my social needs. The quiet writing life seemed a nice respite from the hustle and bustle fo racing around Washington D.C. working for Homeland Security.
Then came Covid-19. When everything shutdown, none of us knew how long it might be a thing. Perhaps two weeks and we would all be back about our business. No such luck. As the months dragged on, I felt lonely and almost depressed (if it's possible for a Pollyanna personality to get depressed.)
God Had an Idea
As I fretted about the future and wondered if I should move to Outer Mongolia or something equally dramatic, God whispered "Why not apply for a few jobs?" Still thinking ministry, I applied for work with Samaritan's Purse. The position was already filled. Then, I put my resume on one of those electronic bulletin boards. Suddenly, I was a hot commodity.
The thought of making money and getting out of the house appealed to me. No telling where the future will lead, but it definitely feels like the right move for now.
What About You?
How are you holding up during this world turning upside down phase of life? With the devisive political environment and people already feeling angry about almost everything, I pray that you are cacooning in with Jesus at every opportunity. He is our only hope and a great hope it is. The Psalmist said it like this: "If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul" (Psalm 94:18-19).
Keep taking God to Work - even if that's in your living room or den. Our world needs us now more than ever. If you need a friend, reach out. Someone needs a friend too. God will put you with just the right person where you both can get encouragement and healthy fellowship. Keep me in your prayers as I wade back into work life. There is always so much to do, but God knows what is truly important. Help me to hear His voice and obey.
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