Last July, I got a job at a Dentist Office. They hired me to be the "future" full-time Office Manager, but wanted me to work part-time for "awhile" as a job-share receptionist. I was actually kind of excited to start off as part-time, since I LOVED my part-time job at the Christian Bookstore.
I worked both part-time jobs for 6 months. There were a lot of good things about each of the jobs. However, working both jobs was TOUGH. While I worked about 40 hours per week total, it was HARD to give my BEST to each job.
I am one that always wants to go "over and above" in any responsibility. I want to not only do my best for what I am responsible for, but I want to do more and give more . . . always. The most difficult thing about working two jobs was that I couldn't do "over and above" for either job. While I did all that I was responsible to do, I never felt like I did "enough". I did not have the time and energy to go in after hours to reorganize the Dental Office (something they wanted me to do, but it could not be done during regular work hours). I did not have the time and energy to keep up with all of the back room organization at the bookstore, either.
After 6 months, it was clear that the "part-time job for awhile" was not going to become full time any time soon. I had to make a choice. I could not continue to do the minimum requirements of each job. I prayed. I prayed some more.
The Dental Office paid nearly TWICE what the bookstore paid. Yet . . . the bookstore job was my HEART, my PASSION, my MINISTRY. It was clear. I needed to quit the job which paid more and had much more potential for becoming a long-term full-time career position.
I sadly gave my notice at the Dental Office, but was EXCITED to notify my manager at the bookstore that I was now available for more hours (and would now have the time and energy to go "over and above"). He was shocked. He was expecting me to give notice at the bookstore.
I gave a two week notice on Monday, January 23rd. On the 24th, the dentist let me know that I could just "finish out the week", rather than working two more weeks. (It was at that point that the Lord gave me the nudge to plan a trip to Oklahoma and Minnesota.)
On the 25th, the District Manager of the bookstore asked if I would be available to travel to Lynnwood and Everett to work at the bookstores there. He wanted me to train the new manager and inventory control specialist in Everett, and he wanted me to cover some shifts for the manager in Lynnwood. YES! This was DEFINITELY one of many confirmations that the LORD gave for the decision. I would have had to tell him "No" if I hadn't just quit my other job.
Another part of the bookstore job that had become such a PASSION and MINISTRY was to teach Bible Journaling Classes. The other 240 stores in the chain were teaching one class every two months. I had started teaching monthly classes last July, and by September had started teaching two classes per month. The response from customers had been amazing. The classes were going better than we had ever dreamed.
I had been discussing with the District Manager the need to train employees at the other stores about how to teach the classes. He had even talked to me about doing a video training that he could share with his stores in OR, CA and MT. This discussion had started in January, and my manager had said, "How will you have time for this?" So, I was READY to move forward by February, after quitting my other job.
I took my quick trip to Oklahoma and Minnesota right after quitting my other job; and when I came home I was EXCITED to move forward with ALL that the bookstore job could entail!
Then . . .
on February 23rd, while working a shift at the Lynnwood bookstore, we all got the news that the Family Christian Store chain was closing its doors. After 85 years in business, they had sold the business to a Liquidation Company.
We were . . .
"What will you do now?"
This is the "Questions of the Week" . . . for me and for all of the employees.
My manager has been with the company for 28 years. This is a BIG hit for him, and for others.
Several people have asked me,
"Can you get your job back at the Dentist Office?"
I'm not interested.
The Lord told me very clearly, and confirmed in many ways, that I was supposed to quit that job. And, He knew. He knew that the bookstore would be closing. Yet, He told me to quit . . . 3 weeks before we got the notice.
Here is the thing . . .
If I had not obeyed the Lord when He told me to quit . . . if I had not followed his leading to quit . . . than, right now, my trust would be in my other job and not in Him.
The Lord is my Provider. I put my trust in Him. My job at the dentist office brought temporary provision, for which I am so very thankful. But, the Lord is my Provider . . . today, tomorrow, and every day.
What will I do?
I have no idea what the Lord's plan is . . . for me, for my manager, for the other employees. Family Christian Stores had 3,000 employees in 240 stores. The Lord has a plan for each and every one of us.
I am not looking for "just a job". No. I am praying that the Lord would lead me and guide me into another position where my HEART is, my PASSION is, and where I can openly minister for Him.
I am trusting Him to PROVIDE and to GUIDE each and every day.
I am also THANKING the Lord for guiding us to not change our lifestyle when I took the position at the Dental Office, but to put much of our expanded earnings into a savings acct. Oh.So.Thankful that I heard and was faithful to His voice in this area.