Sunday, August 10, 2014

Finding Security

Its been a long time. I've been busy and there's been a lot of changes in our tiny part of the world.

First, my man left his job at his family's business after almost 25 years.  It was hard, but it was good.  His family has a tough history that I have no intention of sharing here other than to say most people in our small town would be shocked at the words on the page if his life was written in a memoir. 

Then, he took a huge pay cut by taking a job that makes his heart happy. I'm in full support, by the way. He's working at a ministry that brings him peace and a sense of purpose that he's never had before. I love that. I love the look on his face when he comes home, too. It's contentment. Trust me when I share that contentment is highly underrated in our culture.

Are you content?  Do you look at your life and feel like you're doing what you're suppose to be doing?  If not, why not?  If so, what do you do and how'd you get there?

Our road was bumpy and a little ugly.  We lied to ourselves for a long time.  We made good money and worked really wonderful schedules, so we should've been happy, right? We told ourselves we were happy and we would've eaten dirt before we'd have admitted to anyone but our closest friends that life felt a little empty, a little scheduled and a lot out of control.

Now, we don't have any extra cash other than the savings we put up for the kids and our retirement.  And you know what?  We've never been happier or more grounded in the promises of God.  He has been faithful. He has been present and more in our lives than ever before. Somehow, having less made me notice God more and that's what this journey, this life, is all about. I use to say that, but I didn't really mean it.

The truth is that our jobs aren't secure. Anything that we place our security in other than God is NOT security at all.  It's a smoke screen. Our savings, our jobs, our relationships, our churches, our businesses, our ideas of how things should be, our future plans, etc... None of those is where our security should come from because they could be gone tomorrow. Our lives aren't about being secure or safe or having more or even having enough.  They are about living a life that allows us to glorify God. Somehow, our insecurity in job loss gave us security in Christ in a way we've never had it before and I can't be anything but thankful.

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