Back to the Basics


I heard this phrase recently from a friend who left his job as a pastor of a large church and is wanting to recalibrate his life. It made me rethink my own journey from being an accounting major in college, to working as a youth director in a church, to taking on secular business roles, to going to seminary, to working full time as a pastor and then changing paths to pursue being a therapist in recent years. All of this is to say that, either I can’t decide what I want to do when I grow up, or God is planning for me to put all my experience and education together to serve the world in a new, previously unimagined way. I hope it’s the latter.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a wife who supports my mid-life crisis change in career plans. Her willingness to go back to work full time was the linchpin for making this all work. For her I’m incredibly grateful. For my kids, too, who don’t have all the material possessions in the world (they’re doing just fine in spite of that) and wondered why their dad was still going to school in his mid-forties. I feel our family has had to recalibrate some of our priorities and make do with a little less. You might say we were getting back to basics. And it’s been good.

So here we stand on the precipice of a new reality. What does God have in store for me, for our family, for the future? We shall discover it as it’s revealed to us all in God’s time.




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