Things I learned from changing jobs

Things I learned from changing jobs

Changing Jobs

Almost a year ago I went through the process of changing jobs.  In that change, I left a nationally known company where I had worked for eight years for a company I had never heard of until the recruiter called.  The process I went through to decide if the new offer was better than my current job was pretty thorough.  I am the kind of geek that created a spreadsheet comparing everything I could think of: salary, vacation plans, 401(k), bonus opportunities, commute times, holidays and a few other things.  I tried to quantify things that were never meant to be quantified.  I learned a few things about my self through that process.

I don’t trust God nearly as much as I thought I did.

thinkingI actually ended up having two job offers on the table at the same time. (Yes, I know, it is an embarrassment of riches)  But, I don’t think I prayed about my new position as much as I should have.  I felt that I could quantify everything and it would basically be a mathematical decision.  Of course, it doesn’t work that way.  But, I am really the kind of guy that doesn’t like to pray about the simple things.  “Why bother God with things I can work out out on my own?”

I am still lead by my wallet far more than I want to be.

The fact that I made the decision by calculating the most minute details about money says a lot about how I view money in my life.  The major deciding factor on if I took a new job was the money.  Granted being a good steward of my skills means I should consider how much those skills are worth and find ways to use those skills to care for my family.  But I don’t feel like I should be making decisions based predominately on my wallet, however, I still find security in my bank account and a steady paycheck.

There is Grace for it all

As many mistakes as I made along the way God’s grace is more than sufficient.  That is the most important lesson.

All in all I am persuaded that I made the right decision.  I am more satisfied with my new job than I was at my old job and I am making more money now.  (Funny though, it still doesn’t feel like enough, even though I swore it would be; Ecc 5:10)


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Jason is the founder of Considering Stewardship he has a passion for helping people to steward all of their resources as gifts from God. Time, money, and Talent.

2 Comments so far

CourtneyPosted on1:46 pm - Feb 25, 2015

“Why pray to God for the little things when I can figure them out myself?” I find myself with his misleading thought often. It’s good to hear from a fellow struggler! I remind myself that nothing is too small for God because He is the one who blessed me with these problem-solving skills in the first place! Thanks for sharing.

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