I have been asked many times, “Why would you leave a lucrative career for ministry?” It’s an interesting question. Why would I give up a six figure job to go into ministry? Almost everyone can agree, ministry is not where the money’s at. The issue as I saw it was that the money I was making wasn’t making my life any better. It was hollow and meaningless for me. Sure, the money was good. But I was just going to work to go to work. Nothing more. No real enjoyment.
After I got into seminary and began to serve in churches, Angela sat down beside me and said, “You should have done this years ago. I’ve never seen you happier.” It was true. I had finally found a calling that really spoke me – I was now fulfilled and having the time of my life.
Money is one thing, but happiness and feeling a sense of calling is quite another. No amount of money can make me feel as good as I feel today. In the book of Jeremiah, he talks to God and says, “If I say, ‘I will not mention God, or speak any more in his name,’ then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot.” I have felt that fire and I have found the perfect outlet in the ministry to which I’m called.
Is there a burning fire within you? If so, go do it! It’s got to be the calling of God.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!