In just a couple days it will be my two year anniversary with my current employer. Those two years have gone by awfully fast, and I may be reminded of how quickly life seems to go on by when we start getting older. But my purpose in this blog isn’t to discuss aging. Rather, my purpose is to discuss how this work anniversary represents new beginnings (and we’re never too old for new beginnings).
I was with my last employer for approximately ten years. It remains one of the best jobs I ever had and I truly loved my work and found purpose in the company’s products and mission. My coworkers were among the finest people I have ever worked with and the endless pool of talent around me was inspiring and propelled my own abilities forward. I forged friendships and working relationships that extended to suppliers around the country. But for all the good I can list, my employment there ultimately ended poorly.
Over the course of the last ten to twelve months of my employment at this company, there were subtle signs that I was no longer appreciated. The signs started becoming less and less subtle and eventually turned into the proverbial writing on the wall. For the life of me, I may never know exactly why, and it was a bitter pill for me to swallow. I had poured my heart into my job and believed relentlessly in the work I did. Still, it became quite clear that I was on my way out, one way or another.
I have never been one to wait idly by and let my fate be determined by someone else. So I dusted off my employment seeking skills, updated my resume, and I got to searching. I felt rejected, I felt hurt, and I felt unwanted. And I started questioning myself. Were my abilities fading? Was my skill set outdated? Was I too old? Would anyone want to hire me? As the number of companies I connected with grew, I wasn’t getting offers and my self-doubt was becoming hard to ignore.
Then I landed the job I have now. It was clear from the first phone contact that they were impressed with my resume and, at least on paper, I was exactly what they were looking for. Working through the interview process it seemed they were even more excited about me and I grew very excited about the company. It was a perfect match and I have been exceedingly happy in this position. In fact, it’s hard for me to think of a better position for myself. This job has been the truest kind of blessing.
And, while this job has been more than enough to cure me of the feeling of being unwanted, I have been contacted by four other companies since I took this job, each inquiring about my availability. Truly I have gone from utter dejection and wondering about my own value to being sought after and feeling so satisfied with my current employment I am turning down offers that were unsolicited (but deeply appreciated). In my career, I have experienced a new beginning. A rebirth, if you will.
And so it is with our lives. When we come to Christ in repentance and faith, we come feeling dejected, unwanted, and unworthy. We come questioning our own value and, quite often, feel hopeless and alone. But through Jesus we experience a new beginning, we are reborn and made new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” (2Corinthians 5:17) Are you in need of a new start? Why not make today the day you come to Jesus and lay your trials at His feet and accept the gift of new and eternal life that He so desperately wants to give you?
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