Our Next Step...

Ashley and I are about to take a new step in our journey.  For the past 3+ years, I have worked in real estate seminar world. Looking back, it was exactly what we needed for that season of our lives. However I have officially resigned from my current position and have accepted an offer from a different company outside of seminar world.  We are so excited about what lies ahead.

Here are some of the positives from the past 3 years:

- The Schedule.  My normal schedule involved leaving on Thursday afternoon and returning on Sunday night.  This schedule allowed us to have the kids half of the week.  And when I was home, I was able to focus primarily on the family.

- The Speaking.  The one thing I miss the most about ministry is speaking. I love to speak. I believe I am a gifted speaker.  Seminar world allowed me to continue to exercise my gift (even though my topic was very different).

- The Money.  God provided me a job that allowed me to make solid money. We needed that financial stability during a time that is anything but stable. In the process, we have been able to buy a new home, car, take some awesome vacations, and meet some of our financial goals.

- The People. I have been able to meet some really great people the last few years.  It has been refreshing to spend time around people outside of the Christian bubble I have known for so long. I have an entirely different perspective on people "outside" church life now.

- The Education. I have learned a ton the past few years about real estate, business, leadership, sales, and a number of other subjects.  My education has worn a number of faces that were not always pretty and tied with a bow. Sometimes education is as much about what "not" to do as it is about learning what to do. In both instances, my education has helped shape me.

With that being said, it is time for us to transition to a new season.  I have been offered an amazing position with an awesome software company.  It is an established growing company that dominates the market in their field.  The opportunity is a God-story in and of itself.  We have considered this transition one step at a time and trusted God to open each door.  He has made it crystal clear to us that we need to take this position.  I start in April.

Here are some of the positives that helped us make our decision:

- The Schedule.  Although my previous schedule worked for a season, I have missed being at home on the weekends.  I miss spending weekend time with my wife and kids. I miss church. I miss being lazy with the people I love. I miss being able to go somewhere for the weekend.  This position gives me a more "traditional" week that opens up my weekends.  I will travel less and work from home the rest of the time.  I am not much of a "go to the office" 9-5 kind of guy so this position is perfect for me.

- The Speaking.  I will be able to continue to use my gift in this position as I will be making presentations.  Also this new position will allow me to speak on weekends in churches as the opportunities arise.  I am finally at a place where I believe God wants me to use my story and gift to speak into the lives of others.  I am not sure exactly what that calling looks like but I am open to whatever God has.

- The Money.  I will not be taking a "pay cut" with this new position. That's good news.

- The People. I have been blown away by the leadership of this company.  They have impressed me every step of the way.  I look forward to working alongside these amazing people.

- The Education.  This area will be new for me. I am excited to learn, grow, and use my education. I am a student by nature so I look forward to stretching my knowledge in a new area.

God has orchestrated each step of this journey.  We have grown a lot in the past 3+ years and now it is time to enter a new season with new opportunities of growth and development.

Here we go...

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