Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"A Vocational Shift"

Acts 18:3-5 NIV

“…and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ”.

Paul made a vocational shift when former traveling companions Silas and Timothy arrived to assist him with the church in Corinth. The strength of their friendship formed an unshakable bond. The apostle had invested in the lives of these men for years and could now depend on their support. Until now, Paul had remained fully dedicated to his profession as a tentmaker and preached “every Sabbath” in his spare time.

Consistently and over time, Paul earned a reputation as a consummate tent-making professional and a dedicated synagogue volunteer. He also proved his love for those who would eventually underwrite his full-time ministry. Paul earned the right to make a vocational shift.

There is honor in work and the Lord blessed me with a terrific job. I was devoted to my terrific clients and they continue to send me referrals, even though I have not worked in that industry since my wife was diagnosed with Leukemia in October 2014. Those referrals go to my adult daughter who has taken charge of our family business. Since my dear wife passed away 9 months ago, I have continued in my new role as full-time parent to my teenagers still at home. My days have been filled with domestic and volunteer activities like household chores, home finances, carpooling, grocery shopping, and cooking. I also oversee an addiction recovery program through our local church which has helped approximately 400 men since its inception in September 2009. I am passionate about this ministry and plan to continue in my leadership role as long as I am able. 

There may be more to my final years on earth than the business vocation I enjoyed for over 20 years and which well served the financial needs of my family. Paul made the vocational shift. “He was a tentmaker who eventually “devoted himself exclusively to preaching”. I hope to make a similar shift someday soon. 

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