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Working…. Naw!


It seems to have been quite a while since I have written a post. But, as they say here, “Nai Baddah!” Translation: “no bother!” Meaning: I’m not going to worry about it. Rather, I’ll just share with you a bit about what’s been going on, and then try and write a little bit more often in the days to come.
First let me get you caught up in this department. Before Kiera was born, I was offered three jobs on one day. It was the fruit from a couple weeks of intense job-searching, and they were all pretty good. One was with an apartment rental agency, another was a high-paying telesales job, and the third was a position with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Well, the RBS one was the most interesting because I had applied for a normal banking position, but the interviewers called me back to say that they thought I would be better suited to go for a team-leader/manager role. I was shocked, flattered, and encouraged. And, the fact that the pay was handsome, was quite nice too!
So, I turned down the other jobs, and went out for the RBS position, even though it meant waiting another 3 weeks to attend an assessment course. Well, bottom line: just found out that the wait was in vain. I didn’t get the job. They did offer me the position that I originally applied for, but it wouldn’t start for another 6 weeks. sigh…
But you know what? This really was God’s doing. The truth is, that I was needed at home during this time. Making the jump from one kid to two, and the transition from one home to another, and one culture to another was really quite a bit to handle all at once. It really seems that God wanted me home during this time.
After all, it says in the scriptures that if a person can not take care of his own family, then, he should not be considered fit to be a minister of the gospel. Unfortunately, if God would have just told me outright not to work for the last 8 weeks of my life, I don’t think I would have just said, “Ok!” to that. But, as it was, I was doing everything in my power to try and follow God’s will for me and take the job that I thought He wanted me to have, and it just didn’t pan out.
But you know what… It’s ok! In fact, it’s better than ok. I am really glad I’ve been able to be home for this tough transition. And, better yet, I know that there is a job out there that will yield more fruit for the Kingdom than that other job. I know that, because I really do desire that, and it’s a desire that pleases God. So, I’m confident that the right job will be coming along soon. There are definitely some prospectives right now, and I’m actually expecting an answer back from someone very soon.
Nevertheless, right now I am just working on letting Jesus live His life through me today. You know? It sometimes feels like I’m in between two places right now, because I’m not working. It’s like I’m not here, but I’m not there either. It’s because one’s occupation is so closely linked to a man’s identity. It’s no major revelation that if a man makes his living helping people recover from their ailments, that he says he is a doctor. And, if he works on cars, he is a mechanic, and so on and so forth.. But, going on like that causes quite an identity crisis when a man is then unemployed for a spell, doesn’t it? What is he then?
But thankfully, I have an identity apart from my occupation… and it’s based on many factors: being made in God’s image; being a father, husband, son, brother, and minister of reconciliation to a hurting world. These are the true things that make up who I am and where I am. And I know that I’m not in between two places, or two identities. And I know that God just wants me to be faithful where I am now. It’s really important.
What does that look like now? It may mean picking up around the house, helping with the kids, doing dinner or the dishes, buying flowers, being around the church; it also might mean spending time focused on reading the scriptures and in prayer. Yeah, they seem like little things but if that is what I’ve been called to do, then being faithful to do them is a wonderful thing. And, God says that he who is faithful in the little things will be entrusted with more.
So, I’ll keep you posted about the job thing. In the mean time, keep praying for us, that God would have His way! Blessings! John

6 Responses to “Working…. Naw!”

  1. Charissa
    March 16th, 2007 15:00

    I couldn’t help but to smile as I read about how God works in you and transforms your difficulties into His strengths. He will put your many talents to good use when the time is right. And when that time comes, the people you work with and for will be happy to know you! If anything, I am sure Rachel feels very blessed to have your help around the house and it’s nice that you can be there for her and the little ones. You are such a good man and I am so proud of you as a brother. Looking forward to more posts. I love you.

  2. Charissa
    March 16th, 2007 15:05

    By the way…. very clever picture with the briefcase! It could be a marketing piece for a staffing agency.

  3. John
    March 17th, 2007 04:40

    uhhh… can we keep the embarrassing comments to minimum please? Family members, that means you…. 🙂

    Glad you like the pic though… it’s one of the rare occasions that I was able to take an idea for a picture in my head, and carry it out so that I can say that the end product matches the original vision. I like it…

  4. jayne
    March 18th, 2007 23:21

    I am glad you clarified that it was a briefcase I thought it was a purse and you were trying to decide whether to go into a life of crime –purse snatching. You are a wise man to realize that a job is only God’s way of getting the bills paid and who you are does not depend on what you do. A lesson Dean learned long ago when he got into selling bull seman.

  5. Rachel
    March 19th, 2007 15:12

    Oh Jayne… you make me laugh!

  6. John
    March 19th, 2007 16:54

    Honey, I don’t know what is funny about that! A purse!?!? That does not look like a purse…

    I guess the bull semen is pretty funny though 🙂
    For those who don’t know Dean and Jayne… Dean really is a professional consultant in the field of artificial insemination for cows. No bull!

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