Plotting a Course

While looking for something else to copy out of my journal, I found an entry I wrote just before moving to Graduate Admissions. This entry is dated Sunday, April 23, 2006:

I’ve been thinking a bit about my future. Squinting to see the path the Lord has set before me, by examining the path behind me.

When in the shipyard, I was considering quitting in order that I may go back to school full-time and work part-time, in an effort to prepare myself for the full-time ministry I had a strong desire for.

I was notified of a position at Point Loma Nazarene University, where one of the perks for full-time employees is tuition reimbursement. At the time, I felt this was God’s answer to prayer: a way to work on a Bible degree while still working full-time.

I still believe the Lord gave me that position. Too many things happened in just the right timing for this to be coincidence. But, I’ve begun to consider the possibility, that the Lord used my interest in furthering my education to put me in a position for something else.

Having accepted the position of Graduate Admissions Systems Coordinator at the Mission Valley campus, taking classes will become difficult for me. Perhaps the Lord didn’t bring me to Point Loma so that I can work on a Bible degree.

If He didn’t bring me to Point Loma for a Bible degree, why am I here? Well, what have I learned in the eight months I’ve been here? I think I’ve learned more about professionalism in an office environment. I’ve been able to reinforce my organizational skills, and I’ve had an opportunity to develop interpersonal communication and customer service skills.

I still don’t know everything about the position I’ll be starting at in a few weeks. I know that I’ll have more responsibilities, and I may eventually have people working under me. I think the next thing He wants me to work on is my leadership skills.

Leading is a skill I’ve been inconsistent with. On some occasions, I’m confident and firm in my decisions and directions, while on other occasions, I unsure and hesitant to take charge. I feel this will be a big challenge for me, but I’m eager to arrive on the other side of this hill.

Phil 1:6
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I really like the second sentence of this journal entry. I often find myself living on auto-pilot — just concentrating on the issues of the day and forgetting to take that occasional step back to see the greater picture. I need to remind myself to review where I’ve been, and to look ahead to see if God has revealed any more of where I’m headed.

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