My blog has been like a dry dessert for a good long while, but I’m ready to start writing again. Part of it might have to do with a recent life change. I made the decision to leave my job last week which was one of the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I was a coordinator for a teen mom ministry, but my resignation had nothing to do with my teen mama friends.
And here’s the thing, it wasn’t a hasty decision, but one that was covered in lots and lots of prayer. Just as I wrote in my resignation letter, the decision to step away comes with great sadness as I love and value the ministry of YoungLives. It has been a joy for me to serve, but I believe the good Lord is inviting me into a season of rest and renewal.
Shauna Niequist shared this image on IG the day I turned in my resignation letter and it caught my attention. There will be some who don’t understand my decision, but I have to be okay with that. I’ve learned that seeking human approval is detrimental to the health of my soul.
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Although one of my Leader Heroes, Craig Groeschel says: “Be Yourself. People would rather follow a leader who is always real than a leader who is always right, I learned it might be best to refrain from sharing certain struggles within the workplace although I do believe we could all use a little more realness don’t ya think?
I learned that being TOO real isn’t always the best decision. I also came to realize I wasn’t cut out for a middle management position, but I learned a LOT. I recommend watching Craig Groeschel’s leadership podcast on how to succeed in this area. He talks about the importance of being a translator, coach and scorekeeper. I was never good at this. Instead, I got into the habit of trying to please everybody, which is never the way to go.
Even the Apostle Paul, when writing to Galatia, addressed this issue of people pleasing. He said, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
I’m thankful to have made some forever friends through the ministry and am sad I won’t be a part of it anymore, but sometimes God asks us to take a step back to gain clarity and remind us who we are in him. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
The Lord himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.Deuteronomy 3:18