God’s calling is powerful and influential. It was so influential that I decided to take a step in faith and quit my job in order to serve the One greater than I.
“ Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4: 13-15.This verse hung on my desk where I could see it every single day. It was a verse that spoke volumes to me the first time my husband shared it with me, and it speaks even louder to me now.
On my way to work, I would often think about my past plan of “moving up in life”, like many millennials, the career plan was pretty clean cut and socially influenced. I was to go to college, graduate with a four-year degree, land a great paying job following my hard earned college debt, and move up the ladder in life.
I came to find that not one of those goals is what God had planned for me and like many, I felt lost.
Through prayer I found that this was never what I was intended to do, I did get some of it right but it was not the clear message I should have been hearing. This all changed when I allowed myself to become closer to God and started truly listening to where I was being called to serve.
While I was still working my full-time job, the plan to create a ministry was being brought up in mine and my husband’s relationship quite often, to the point where we decided this is what we need to be doing! And it wasn’t just coming up in our conversations, but others were bringing up the subject as well, which is why I knew it was God calling us to create Abide and Seek.
Then again, I would go to work and see James 4: 13-15 sitting on my desk, telling me to do the Lord’s will. So we began to ask ourselves where do we even begin. The first calling we felt was to have me quit my job.
At first, I couldn’t imagine quitting my job, I have had a full-time job since I was 15 years old, how could God be telling me to quit my job?
But the hard work I was being called to do would have been stretched thin if I were to work my 40 hours. My husband and I both knew if we wanted to put in what God had put on our hearts to fulfill, it would take some sacrifice and some changes.
After going through our financial situation and seeing what bills we needed to pay off one income, we decide even though we would be eliminating one other income, we could make it work and we know where God guides he always provides.
We then informed our families of our plan to have me quit my job and pursue our ministry. Some were very supportive and are absolutely excited to see what is to come, others were very apprehensive about me leaving my job. My husband and I both know this is exactly what we are being called to do and there was no way we could turn it down.
We want to be able to step out in our faith without fear or hesitation, and so this how we are starting! As of now, we both can say “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” and that is exactly what we planned to do with Abide and Seek.
This step in faith has already revealed so much to us that has only brightened our light and made us shine as Christians.
Being Called to Serve: How I Left my Job to Pursue God’s Calling
How Did We Make This Decision to Leave a Whole Other Income Behind and Put God First?…
1. We Prayed
The power of prayer has changed my decision making immensely! We may of not even of heard God calling us to create Abide and Seek if we were not asking for guidance and effectively listening.
2. We Discussed our Calling with Others
We discussed the ministry with others, some of the faith and some not of faith. Both have given us a great insight into things to consider and many have been so supportive. Like I said before, other people of our church also brought up some ideas of the ministry and the amazing part is, some were bringing it up without even knowing we were pursuing it! Now that is the work of God himself!
3. We have a Weekly Plan
Since I have left my job, we have been treating my role in the ministry as a job. I’m still putting in the hours I would have at work ( without the commute ) while still being able to do things I loved doing before like volunteering at the church’s food pantry and helping my family and friends. Each week I have goals to make and complete for the ministry, so even though it’s not a “ traditional job” I am still putting in hours of work a week.
4. We Created a Budget
Because we did eliminate one of our incomes, we just have been more money conscious. We try eating out minimally, purchase just the things we need and monitor what is coming in and what is going out. We make sure we have a cushion in case of an emergency. We still tithe 10 % of our income which is very important to us and is important to give God’s money where it is intended to go. We are not stretched financial but that is because we have planned before I left to keep the ministry the focal point instead of worldly needs we may desire.
5. We Take it One Day at a Time
Just like life, we can get ahead of ourselves and then life seems to become so overwhelming and not enjoyable. We try to enjoy what we have for the day to accomplish and go from there. If we tried to look at the whole website building process from the beginning to the end, we would have felt like we had taken on too much. But instead, we look at each day to create a great article to share with others and have fun with it!
6. We Give Thanks
Each day, the first thing I say to God is Thank you. I realize how blessed I am to be able to have a relationship with God and to have His guidance. I can wake up each day and know I am doing exactly what I was created to do!
7. Stepped Out in Faith
This is the most important step we took because if we had not of just trusted that God would see us through this decision, we probably would of never of done it! And with just the short time we have been building Abide and Seek and the time I have been able to devote to it 100%, it has been so rewarding already.