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.


The “wrinkle”:

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 “hope”:

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)


The goal:
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!

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

6 responses to “”

  1. Anonymous says :

    I’m in the same predicament as you.  Not knowing what the future lies, we can only seek comfort that God knows what’s best for us.  Don’t worry too much about which job will suit you best, but which job can glorify God the most.  =)  He will open doors while closing others and the rest is for you to listen to God’s calling for you.  With this all said, I will pray that God’s hand will be on your decision and that He may lead you in the right direction.  P.S.  You don’t have to be a lifetime or long term missionary to fulfill what God has asked his children to do, but rather incorporate it into your everyday life to share the gospel with those around you.  People in the U.S. are in need of God’s word too.  =)  So many of them live their lives without knowing their purpose in life and maybe you can share with them their purpose.  Well, I’m not sure if I helped you at all, but I sure can pray for you.   

  2. SportyABG says :

    I echo Angelseeker’s comment. I’m in the same boat as you. I think it’s very comforting to know that others are going through the same things as me. Most of my friends here seem pretty settled down with their careers, so I feel like I’m the only one that’s lost, but then I realize that we ALL struggle with God’s will for our lives, no matter what life stage we’re in. I’ll def be praying for you as well. I think God will make it clear which path He wants you to take…plus if you were to take the “wrong” one, God can still use you just as effectively. The City of LA position sounds awesome, but because it’s a position with the city govt, they’re going to be super slow in how they process things. (I know these things after working for the state of Texas thest past couple of years) Maybe this slow process is God’s way of teaching you patience. πŸ™‚  I also know there are SO many ministry opportunities out there in LA–I’ve been doing research on it if I were ever to move out there. You’re so blessed to live in such a diverse city! Hope everything else is going well for you out there!

  3. spacey_gracee says :

    prayed for you Lorren
    “When things out of my control go wrong…they are still in God’s control and that I need to depend on Him for everything.”
    Amen. Live it. be waiting on Him.

  4. JCTama says :

    I’ll be praying for you too Loren. Everything that comes from God is good because He is good. Therefore you have many things to have hope in. Just be patient. πŸ™‚

  5. lilangeling says :

    You will make known to me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy;In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. -Ps.16:11For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. -Jer.29:11″I know that You can do all things,And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. -Job 42:2…these were some words our Father gave me to share with you. And when things get tough, as my Ate(sister) from church reminded me, “Don’t doubt God’s sovereignty, question His wisdom, or forget His love for you.” …May you continue to run the race with endurance and do all things for His glory (Matt.6:33, Col.3:23-34), after all…God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him. ^_^

  6. jennipuhpark says :

    Ahh man, that’s a mouthful!
    God grant you wisdom and peace.

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