What to do before you move/change/transition

imprrh@gmail.com —  December 11, 2014

In the last month I’ve had conversations with at least three people that have considered a major change in their employment:

*One considering going from a system to the private sector.

*One that has worked in the same department for 20 years to another department.

*One that is considering transitioning from leading a congregation to an educational organization.

Eventually you will get the phone call or email that presents the opportunity to change assignments or even careers. The possibility of a life change can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. So, if this is you right now, consider the following:

  1. Make your decision based on your passion not benefits.

Don’t miss this. Many people make decisions based primarily in how their new assignment benefits them. They start considering the benefits and stop there. They imagine the pay raise, the fact that their spouse will have a better job or the name recognition that accompanies a new title. They sacrifice passion at the altar of benefits. The problem comes when the benefits don’t live up to what they promised and hard times come. If benefits drive you, when those either diminish or disappear you will become miserable. Follow your passion. It will sustain you in the hard times and will propel you in the good times.

  1. Make your decision future growth not present affliction.

Affliction drives people to make rash and sudden decisions that often they end up regretting. Take some time off. Counsel with some friends. Spend time in prayer. Often what we need is perspective and rest not a change in location but a change in attitude. Remember, this affliction will pass.

  1. Make your decision based on growth not comfort level.

As with many other things in life, we tend to grow accustomed and comfortable with our occupation. Yes, you are good at what you do. But, could you be great at something else? The objective is not just to be efficient at what you do, but to change the world. So the question is: where can I do that best? Don’t be afraid of the call to stretch yourself beyond your current comfort level.

If you are considering a move and would like me to pray for you, just send me an email or DM and I promise I will.


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2 responses to What to do before you move/change/transition

  1. My dad, who has had a million calls over the course of his ministry (and hasn’t taken any of them), has always said that it is better to be called by God and not go, then to go when not called by God. So better to err on the side of staying, I guess!