If you follow me on social media you know that I have been tossed and turned in a sea of personal turmoil. I got a job worked for almost 3 months then got let go because I was joking with a personal friend of mine and someone misunderstood the comments and situation. I’m okay with that. It’s been for the better I think.
I have never been fired before……..I have always left on my own terms. Not the path or plan I had, but as we all know life is what happens when you make plans.
I think many times when things change rapidly it is because we have prayed for an answer and something happens and we take that as the answer and forget to pray and ask if that is the answer or if it is a distraction. I know that sounds confusing but it’s like this, when you are troubled and you pray for a way to solve your problem and you do all that you are suppose to do not always is the first solution the answer Heavenly Father has for you. It’s like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
We want everything so fast and so easy these days sometimes I think we forget that it takes work. We lose site of the goal like and get distracted by the things right in our face.
When I was young I played soccer. I played on a pretty good team. We won more than we lost and this was in the days when keeping score and being a good sport about losing was a virtue you learned on the field. I played the position of defender closest to the goalie. I loved playing. Many times all the other players were down at the other end of the field and the other defender and the goalie and I would get distracted by playing with the flowers in the grass or the caulk that marked the lines. We were not watching the game we were occupied with what was in front of us. Had we paid more attention we would have probably learned so much more that game. We would have seen the break away and seen the ball and the striker headed for our side of the field. We would have been standing up and ready to defend our goal. But we were not paying attention and were too slow standing up, we were confused as to why the coach was yelling at us and pointing. Needless to say the other team scored.
I was upset and it was disappointing. I wanted to blame the other defender and the goalie, I wanted to say it wasn’t my fault but looking back almost 30 years now I know it was just as much my fault as it was my teammates.
See I had a plan that day. My plan was to stop the ball and be the “hero” of the team. As often it happens in youth soccer there is a great amount of offense and very little defense. I wanted to be the first one to stop the ball to keep from the other team scoring, but I was too busy with the distractions in front of me. I let a moment of boredom keep me from being a team player.
I let the “prestige” of the place I was working get in the way of what my actual goal was. I also began to let my self slip and be tested. I am sure Heavenly Father often shakes his head in frustration with me. I am walking the path but get distracted and stop or just nudge the line sometimes. I am by no means Molly Mormon but I know who I am and where I come from and where I’m going. Sometimes I need a test or a lesson to remind me just how far I have come and how far I have to go.
Getting fired isn’t the end of the world just the end of a page in the current chapter you are writing.