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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

resignation & disqualification!

"And as Christ's soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. Follow the Lord's rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize" New Living Translation 2 Tim 2: 4-5

"Soldiers on duty don't work at outside jobs. They try only to please their commanding officer. No one wins an athletic contest without obeying the rules" Contemporary English 2 Tim 2: 4-5

"No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules." NIV 2 Tim 2: 4-5

Resignation and disqualification - I currently have been working in recruitment for the last 2+ months and it's not for me. So I'm about to resign. I've reflected on the situation for a while:

1. You don't know what profession/work is right for you until you try it.

2. Any work for me is "tent making", whilst the main thrust of life is centred around being used in ministry whatever shape or form or kind of anonymous service this takes.

3. Recruitment is a cut throat industry, no trust, just profit. It's dressed in the guise of providing clients with a "high level of service" and "adding value" to the recruitment process for corporate companies. Then those in the business sue each other for stepping on each others "turf"...no thanks.

So in the next few days I will be explaining to the branch manager that this just isn't for me. scary!..but necessary. We need to be true to the prompting God gives us and I'm so not called to be a recruitment consultant...

Paul warned Timothy that not running the race because of distraction in the world could lead to disqualification..in all areas of our life the calling God places on us needs to be held in front of us as we travel and not placed aside for any reason other than directed by God.

So the next few weeks will prove a new test of faith as I seek new employ and step into the unknown again...


Blogger J. A. Gillmartin said...

Andrew -

May God give you the desires of your heart as you labor for Him on the frontlines; may His word be a bright light on the pathway to forever. Ministry in Europe today is no picnic. God bless you for your perseverence.


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