Do you have a Damascus Road experience? Paul did. Did God ask you to join Joshua in the Promised Land? Caleb responded. Did God challenge you to lead a million people through strife, complaining and a dry land experience in the Red Sea? Moses accepted the challenge. Your experience may not have been as dramatic but you have been called to a unique role.
My high school experience was not positive. I graduated, attended Bible College then University for my degree in clinical Psychology moving toward a career in Family Counselling. I envisioned my career dealing with individual, family conflict and addictions.
My friends consistently told me I’d have a career in administration. My response was ‘no way’, I wanted to do real work with real people. Our Bible College mentor confided in me that he felt I would be heading to the secular world and Ministry later. He encouraged me to read about Caleb. I’ve identified with Caleb ever since.
Throughout my career it has been a privilege to follow God’s calling. As Chief Executive Officer for a 1,000 person service organization, as Regional Director, then Western Coordinator for the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches I was leading and counselling Pastors and church leaders across Western Canada. In my current role, as a Retired Pastor, I coach leaders in person and by phone having the privilege of touching faith based leaders worldwide.
“It is as great and as difficult a spiritual calling to run the factories and the mines, the banks and the department stores, the schools and government agencies for the kingdom of God as it is to pastor a church or serve as an evangelist” (Crane & Hamel 2003).
Throughout a fascinating career in the secular and ministry worlds it was obvious that God had a plan and we are thankful.
Have you joined God’s call yet?
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Author, Leadership is Devotions for Servant Leaders