Dear Lord, thank you for always watching over us. Thank you for sending Your son Jesus to die for us. We love you and praise you. Amen.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Man, I love the beginning of this verse. “… at just the right time…” I would love to share the story of how I became a children’s pastor.
People I meet often ask me, “Where did you go to school, man?” “What did you major in, bro?” “What do you do now, dude?” Right when the first question comes, I know people are going to be confused by the time I get to the end. So just to clear things up…
I majored in Finance during my time at the University of Louisville. After I graduated I knew God wanted me to stay in Louisville, I just knew. I got a job at Chick-fil-a to pay the bills and give myself some time to figure my life out. After a few months I knew it was time to get a new job. I was very eager and the search was not easy.
Most people say it takes about 3 months to find a job, but it took me almost a year. During this time I was getting upset. I was ready to start my future. I wanted to start making some money! I felt like I was ready, but God had other plans. Better plans.
I started searching the financial industry for a job and more specifically becoming a financial advisor. My uncles all do it and they seem very well off. I interviewed with Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual, Westpoint Financial, and a few other companies in the area. I landed with two offers from Westpoint Financial and NW Mutual. I heavily favored Westpoint Financial and was about 2 days away from accepting the offer, when a man named Tyler texted me.
He is the lead pastor at my church now, but honestly I didn’t even know what he did for work. I just knew he worked at a church. When he texted me all he said was, “Hey, are you free for coffee this week?” I said yes and we found a time to meet.
Like I said, about two days before I was planning on accepting the offer we met for coffee. We sat down at Starbucks and the first words he said were, “Now, I’m not going to beat around the bush, we are looking for a childrens pastor and I think you would be a good fit.” Uhm what? I hadn’t thought a ton about becoming a pastor. I studied finance in college. I am days away from accepting a job where I can make A LOT of money. I thought I was all set and ready to launch. Now this…
I prayed, interviewed, and accepted the job within a week.
God opened a door I never expected to be opened. Ministry. The timing of it was the craziest thing to me. If it would have been 2 days later, I would have already started my job as an advisor. My life would be drastically different. Two days.
I get emotional even thinking about it because it reminds me how God is ALWAYS working on our behalf. He is never late, he is never early, but man… he is always on time. God is working in your life right now. Not where you want to be? He is molding you for a special moment! Don’t have the job you want? God is trying to teach you something and prepare you for something great! God doesn’t just waste time, He is a strategic and intentional God.
He wants you to see that. He wants you to see that where you are right now may not be where you want to be, but it is exactly where God wants you to be. I promise that God has huge plans in store for your life. If you can maximize the opportunities He has given you today, God will really be able to do His thang.
My final encouragement and challenge is to look and see “What is God trying to teach me right now?” Find the answer and rest in that peace, knowing that God is on your side.
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