I have a degree in journalism. I worked my backside off for years to get the experience needed to become a great writer. In 2010, God gave me an amazing job with fantastic benefits, and exactly one year ago from today, I walked away from it all.
Sounds like an infomercial doesn’t it? Or one of those ads for a get-rich-quick scheme. Let me tell you: If you want to get rich quick, don’t choose this path.
Just being honest. There’s a lot of ramen noodles, PB&J, and potatoes in your future when you choose the self-employed road. A lot of taxes too. But you know what? This is the best job I’ve ever had.
Today’s verses are Hebrews 13:5-6.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Money isn’t everything. We say that all the time, but it’s one thing to say it and something else to live it. I thought I didn’t care about money when I had a full-time job, but I’m learning that I was wrong.
When I had a full-time, big-paying job, I worried more about money than I do now. I thought about what I had, what I didn’t have, what I needed, what I wanted, and whether or not I could afford to buy a new Kindle. Now? Well, generally speaking, the answer to “Can I afford it?” is “No.” So I’ve had to learn to ask a different question.
Now I ask, “God, do you want me to have this?” And then I wait for Him to decide. Because without His provision, I’m sunk.
I thought I depended on God before. Now I know how much I need Him. Now I truly grasp how desperately powerless I am. It hasn’t been easy, and it won’t get any easier, but God hasn’t changed, even though my circumstances have.
This isn’t to say everyone should quit their jobs. No, not everyone should be self-employed. It’s a tough road, tougher than I expected. And in many cases, it’s really the wisest choice to stick with your day job, but when God tells you to do something, you’d better do it. No matter how crazy it sounds.
There’s nothing wrong with having money. Good grief, if you’ve got it, praise the Lord for it. Just don’t let it become the focus of your life. We shouldn’t find our peace in the balance of our bank account. Instead, we should hang our hopes on Jesus and His plan for our lives.
It’s harder because you can’t see what He’s doing or where He’s going all the time. But you can trust that He is good. And because He is good, His plans for you are good too.