Coffee Talk: I Quit My Job…And I’m Not Crazy!

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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12 thoughts on “Coffee Talk: I Quit My Job…And I’m Not Crazy!

  1. You go, girl! I suppose my “quit” is I decided not to take an online seminary class this summer. I am seeking to integrate a life where I:

    -write for God’s Kingdom
    -nurture my body, creativity, and my marriage
    -write for my business, which uses my gifts and pays for my seminary education
    -minister to women in addiction recovery and teach/preach God’s Word when given the opportunity
    -lastly, leave enough “margin” for the Holy Spirit’s leading

    Thanks for this post.

    1. Love the “leave enough margin for the Holy Spirit’s leading.” That’s so important. I certainly want to be obedient to the things I’m supposed to do so that I can be ready as the Holy Spirit leads. Love you, Natasha

  2. Natasha,

    I love you girl!

    It takes a LOT of faith to quit, as I think a lot of people in this recession have had more faith in a steady paycheck than they do God… I only say that because for a long time I was one of them. Until, I stepped out on faith and quit my J-O-B on Dec 2009 ;-)…

    I am now in a season where I am back to work full-time, and God is calling me to literally walk into the Lion’s Den at work. It is amazing to see how God is using me. I am quite literally a person of no reputation, yet my opinion and white papers are being utilized to bring for gender and racial equality in my corporation.

    In this season:
    – I am trying to learn more about God through reading his word and faithfully attending church.
    – I am learning to gratefully accept the gifts that he has given me and not try to be like someone else.
    – I am learning to rest.
    – I am investing in my marriage through time and prayer.

    Best,
    Gina V.

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, Gina. Our faith must be in action and not just in words, and yet we are in continuous processes of learning. Good for you for taking a few steps back to prioritize and develop spiritual disciplines.

  4. Yep. My word is REST. It’s been hard. Right now I am writing a series of mini-devotionals on REST for the Worldwide Day of Prayer for Prodigals, so God is using that to speak to me. The other thing is resting in a specific focus. My daughter and her family (my 3 little grandboys) are moving away in two months. So I have taken a travel sabbatical. I am spending as much time as I can with them. So worth it!

  5. I left my federal job in January 2011 seeking God’s will and direction for my life and I’m still in the wilderness stage. It has been 17 months now and I’m still waiting on God to reveal more of his plan for me. I have been tested to the utmost of my own ability but God surely has been keeping me. I am down to my last 1-2 months of living expenses but my faith in Him is stronger than ever. May he bless you as he guides you along the way.

    The day before my last day at my job, the Holy Spirit led me to Naima’s story. We share so many similarities that it has been a blessing for me. Please take a look at as I’m sure that it will inspire, strengthen and encourage you:

    http://www.naimawilliams.com/blog/2009/09/28/faith-that-pays-the-bills/

    Also, I just came upon this entry by Critty Joy regarding the same issue. It seems like God is calling many people (especially women) to do this and I wonder why??

    1. Awesome! Thanks for reading and sharing your heart, Kim. My prayer for you today is that you continue to seek God’s guidance for clear direction and trust in his provision. Excited to hear about where he leads you. God bless you, Natasha

  6. Thanks so much for this post. I am planning to quit and have been looking for other peoples experiences with doing so. It was truly an inspiration to me….

  7. I quit my job in Feb and I the Lord has been faithful to provide. I have enrolled in Bachelor of Theology course and have been writing my blog, walking each day and seeking God’s will. Looking for a way to make an income, leaning on God. Thankyou Lord!

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