We often get frustrated when we want something badly and doors are continuously closed in our faces. Having a door slammed in your face can sometime mean outright rejection, try harder, or go back to square one and start all over again. At other times, however, the door may not totally close and a small crack may appear. When it does, we can slip a foot in and maybe nudge the door a little, in hopes that we will be allowed to enter. Finally, a door may be closed and all we have to do is knock to gain access. Regardless of how we get inside, entering through a new door can be frustrating, exciting, or scary at the same time.
I quit my job; no seriously, I really did quit. I’m going to turn in all of my work equipment and sign the final paperwork next week. I know many people will think I am crazy for leaving a very secure job in the midst of a recession. We will miss the additional income for sure. On the other hand, the decision to resign has been made clear to us for quite some time. The question was never if I should quit, the question was a matter of when would be the best time. The right time is now (especially since the government is considering furloughing federal employees).
The decision to close the door on this season of my life falls in line with my “One Word for 2011” choice. At the beginning of the year, Twitter, Facebook, Blog spots, etc were energized with the “Pick one word for 2011” craze; I felt like it was the contemporary solution to the New Year’s Resolution (which I was never good at). Initially, I ignored the whole idea. I was busy, and it seemed like another unnecessary task, so I didn’t do it.
Exactly two months into the year, however, God was quite clear through much prayer and Bible study that I needed to Focus – that’s it, that’s my One Word for 2011. Generally, I’m a very focused person, a lack of direction is not my problem. The issue was that I had too many areas of focus. I needed to Trim the Fat out of my life.
Currently, I need to intentionally pursue the specific things that God wants me to do in this particular season of my life. Closing the door on my current professional occupation allows me to fully invest in the current opportunities that are coming my way.
For me, this spring and summer includes focus on the following:
- Playing with my daughter and teaching her how to read (not “play-play” or pretend reading)
- Investing in relationships with the women that God has placed in my area of influence
- Visiting family and friends
- Cultivating my writing skills
- Reading a lot of books
- Prayer & Reading through the Bible
- Carefully contemplating my Personal Development Plan and internship opportunities for school
- Focusing on the ministry of mentoring and growing disciples of Jesus Christ
What are you up to this season? Any big changes in your life? Are there any new opportunities on the horizon? How is progress coming along with your New Year’s Resolutions?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2011
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