Prayer would be appreciated…
Here’s the dealio:
Just recently, I got switched to doing Internet & Mail Order parts sales in my dealership’s parts department. Doing it is all right for the most part, but there are days when it wears on me and I get frustrated with things that go wrong such as customers cancelling an order for parts or discovering an order was shipped incomplete or a part on the order wasn’t order the day it was supposed to be–things out of my control. When things out of my control go wrong, the occasion is usually a sobering reminder that even though they’re out of my control they are still in God’s control and that I need to depend on Him for everything.
Here’s where things get interesting:
Two weeks ago, I was approached by a manager in my service department who let me know that I should consider throwing my hat into the ring (my way of saying “applying”) for a warranty administrator opening they had. It totally caught me off guard. She remembered that I had shared with her in an e-mail that I wasn’t really happy with what I was doing in the parts department. We started talking a little bit more and at the end of last week, I decided to apply for the position. I interviewed with our Human Resources director on Monday morning and have an interview with our service department’s senior manager and assistant manager this morning at 10:00 AM. The HR director made it sound like my probability of getting the job are far from a sure thing whereas others (our operations manager, my parts department senior manager) are saying they are putting a good word in for me.
“Brain-racker” #1: If I switch over to the service department, I would probably be taking myself off any sort of path that I was “destined” for in the parts department to become an assistant manager or something like that. That was what my parts manager had hinted at for a while. It isn’t too clear to me what advancement opportunities would exist for me in the service department. However, I honestly think I would probably be happier working there.
I received a letter from the City of Los Angeles three weeks ago regarding a systems analyst position in their retirement department. They said they wanted me to report in by the 15th of April (which I did) and from there, they would schedule another interview with me (which still has yet to happen…I even called my contact lady after I had “reported” and she never returned my call). I originally interviewed with them in 2003 a few months after I had graduated from college. It totally surprised me to receive this letter from them. If I were to be a systems analyst for the city, I would have the opportunity to apply some of the things I learned in school (I was a business major with an emphasis in information systems). Since it’s been so long though, I’ve lost most of my desire to do anything information systems/information technology related. The fact that I’m around cars all the time may have had a lot to do with that. During my breaks, I really enjoying hanging out with some of the technicians/mechanics while they’re working and watching what they’re doing or taking the time to “appreciate” (drool over…not literally of course) some of the cars in the parking lot or the cars that are being serviced at the time. Regarding the position with the city, I’m not going to wait around for anything to happen because they just move so slow.
My “plan” right now (again, who am I to know if this truly is on the same page as God’s plan for my life or not) is to get out of debt and pursue His true call for my life. Again, it’s not crystal clear to me what that would be. There are days when I think it’d be awesome to get into full-time ministry such as becoming a pastor. And then there are days when I think it’d be okay for me to be an average Joe with a job (and hopefully a family that loves God) just trying to live for Him. The biggest (and scariest!) challenge for me would be for God to call me to missions in a foreign land. I am so (maybe too?) comfortable here in the United States and I just love things here so much!!! I also have thought God using me as a Youth For Christ staff worker would be cool too. As you can see, I’m still pretty clueless as to what specifically God may want me to do with my life. But it is because of this “hope” I have that having some sort of super duper well-paying career isn’t a big deal to me. Knowing God will provide for me in all things according to His riches is what I will cling to for now. :o)
When all is said and done, please pray that God will give me His wisdom and discernment and that I will hopefully choose to do whatever gives Him the most glory, not necessarily what may be best for me. Like the song (by Chris Tomlin) says, “Not to us, but to Your name be the glory.” At this time, if I am offered the position in the service department, I would take it.
Whaddya’ll think? I’d appreciate your comments, thoughts, and most importantly, prayers.
An early Happy 24th Birthday (April 29, 2005) to my brotha, Hanley (Xanga: randomranting). He has become an extremely dear brother in Christ to me the last couple of years and I have such an awesome time when I am in his presence. His trademark laugh is unforgettable. His heart for God is admirable and inspirational. If you’re reading this Hanley, know I will have your back through thick and thin. I am privileged and honored to know you. Let’s continue to partner together in loving our God more and serving Him and His people!