What Will You Do?

There always have been and always will be obstacles and challenges in life. They surround us. It’s how we react to them that determines where and how far we go.

What’s your breaking point? At what point do you resign yourself to the “inevitable”? What has to happen for you to consider a goal in life not worth it anymore?

Too many people give up way too easily:  It’s too far to drive. I don’t want to give up my daily Starbucks for that financial goal. I don’t have time, I need to relax…in front of the TV. Still, there are fighters!

In fact, I saw a fighter tonight. She was running toward me. Usually I make eye contact with other runners and say “hey”, but she didn’t look my direction. That’s when I noticed she was missing a leg. In place of her leg was a prosthetic. Later, we passed again. This time I said, “Hey, you’re an inspiration!” She replied, “Thank you.”

How many people would have taken up running, without a leg? How many people would have even thought of the possibility? What about areas in our own lives? Things we have no control over…Things we may be missing….Things that make us different… Are we willing to think outside the box? Are we willing to commit the hard work? Are we willing to go a different route? Are we willing to push through the pain?

Are we willing to do what it takes to achieve dreams others label as impossible?

Do what you need to do to achieve your dreams!

Got Job?

As most of you know, I’ve been looking for another job for several months. And resigned from my last job a month ago to pursue finding another full time.

I start my new job Monday, a job that appears to fit me perfectly!

How I got my new job seems, to me, like a pretty amazing story, so I wanted to share…

We temporarily moved in with my husband’s brother and sister-in-law, so I could be in town for interviews. My sister-in-law invited me to a Bible study she attends Wednesday mornings, Bible Study Fellowship International. I went to their introductory class the first week. They have you fill out a form if you are interested in participating. I figured, or rather hoped, I would not be available for much longer… You know, hoping to get a job. But I chose to sign up anyway. It sounded like something great to be a part of, even for a short while.

My sister-in-law told me she wouldn’t be able to make it the next week, and I almost considered not going. But chose to go, knowing it would be good for me, and she needed me to pick up the next lesson for her.

My last blog entry, Got Stress? Got Bible?, described the “feeling like crap” obstacles I faced the morning of that second Wednesday. And when I typed that entry, I realized why the devil might not want me at the Bible study, but didn’t want to post something I felt might happen.

That second Wednesday, I shared my search for a job as a prayer request. The women in my small group asked what kind of work I was looking for, etc. so they could keep their ears/eyes open for me (which meant a lot). That evening my small group leader called and asked if she could give my phone number to one of the members. They were possibly interested in me for a position at their company.

What ensued was a great phone call, application via e-mail, and a very enjoyable interview that included our spouses. Both my husband and I felt this was the position God had for me. It was my number one choice. At the same time, I interviewed a couple other places. Good practice and nice to have backups!

I knew one of the other places was going to offer me a job, and hoped they would do so after my number one choice hopefully did the same. It was not to be. When I got the call, I told the other position my husband and I had a couple determining factors to figure out and asked if I could let them know later today. Then my husband and I prayed, and I called my number one choice. I told them I had been offered another job. And the reason I was letting them know was because they were my number one choice. I knew it wasn’t fair to put that kind of pressure on them, but wanted to know if they had someone else in mind for the position, or if they were thinking of hiring me. They told me they had written up a job offer letter for me last night! And just hadn’t sent it via e-mail yet! Wow.

So… They sent me the letter. I accepted, of course!

Do you know your destination?

So. The “reason” the devil didn’t want me at that Bible study:  I would have never found out about the job God specifically wanted me to have!

Thank you, new bosses, for seeing what you needed in me. Thank you, my husband, for believing in me. Thank you, sister-in-law, for starting it all by inviting me to your Bible study.

And most importantly, THANK YOU, GOD!!

Now we just need to sell our house….

Baditude.

Otherwise known as a “bad attitude”.

These past two weeks I have been sorely tempted to have a bad attitude, and sometimes gave in. Unfortunately.

Following a dream involves risk. And risks are compounded when you follow several dreams at the same time. Which is what my husband and I are doing. Risks always come with opportunities to choose a bad attitude.

I mentioned in a previous post, Financial Obstacles, that my job was not financially stable—I was hired to put finances in order. Sometimes things occur that make me feel like my input is not listened to with seriousness, or even though I am valued I am not respected for it.

Sometimes it is easy for me to view those instances as obstacles, a challenge, something capable of being overcome. Other times it feels like an insurmountable wall. When I just stare at that wall….that is when I begin displaying a “baditude”.

Depending on the situation, it might be easy to say, I shouldn’t have to put up with that. Or, am I really going to make a difference here? Or, are my efforts being wasted?

"Happiness is an attitude..."

We have been raised to believe we have “rights”. I may have a “right” to have a bad attitude. But should I? No! What does a bad attitude accomplish? Besides making us, and others around us, unhappy?

In the moment of having a bad attitude, I almost convince myself it’s okay because I am making known my frustration or disagreement. But there are better ways to communicate that.

It would be better for me to sit down and talk about what is frustrating me and why. My boss wants to dive in and address the issue immediately. I prefer to wait until I’m supposedly cooled down enough to not say anything I regret. I don’t know that either way is more correct, as long as we both approach the situation with a desire to understand.

I do not have control over someone else’s choices….but if I choose a baditude, I am getting in my own way. I will not have the opportunity to overcome obstacles others may throw in my path, because I am busy dealing with an obstacle I have given myself.

How do I approach situations where I am tempted to choose a bad attitude? Honestly, pray. I am a passionate person, and sometimes I need God’s help to rein myself in.

I would like to end with a quote:

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”  -Francesca Reigler