My life changed with one letter. Two short paragraphs. The decision to hand over one sheet of paper marked the end of a season and the beginning of a brand new journey.
In November of last year I handed in my letter of resignation. I quit my cushy job in corporate America with good pay, great benefits and weekends off with nothing but a strong feeling of God’s leading and the support of my brand new wife.
We had only been married for one month before I handed in my resignation letter. My martial promise of providing for my wife began by taking a pay cut of almost 1/3 and forfeiting all benefits. Not a great start if you look at it objectively.
I did all this to take my dream job in ministry by going on staff at my church part time. I took a staff position as the Communications Director for most of my week and committing the rest of the week to focus on writing.
Honestly I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. We trimmed our budget as much as we could and were determined to live simply. Still, it would be a big shift for us. I was praying I really did hear from God and I didn’t just make the biggest mistake of my life.
But all it took was that first step and one by one the next steps appeared before me. My wife quit a job that wasn’t a good fit and a new job in ministry opened up. She was making more money and it gave us great benefits.
I continued to be faithful in the little and new opportunities opened up. First, I was invited to be a staff writer for Prodigal Magazine. Then I was invited to write and article for Relevant Magazine. And now after finishing my proposal, I’m working on my first book.
My job at the church has been more fulfilling than any other job I’ve ever had. It’s more than a job, it’s a family working together towards a common goal. I’ve never felt more valued and honored by the people I work with every day.
I know there’s more to come but I’ll continue to take it one day at a time, one step after the other. But it all started with one letter. It was one step of faith that changed my direction and thrusted me into a new journey. This inciting incident changed my life and wrecked me for safe and secure and opened me up to a new adventure.
My inciting incident didn’t promise to be exactly what I hoped for. It simply invited me into a journey of faith. In all honesty, it wasn’t what I expected at all. It was so much better.
Do you have an inciting incident in your life that changed everything?
This post is part of a group blogging project celebrating the release of Inciting Incidents (Moody Press), a book featuring the stories of six creatives who share honestly about surviving life’s difficulties while attempting to do great things. You can visit the “Share Your Story” section of IncitingIncidents.Org to check out posts from other synchroblog contributors, or visit the sites of the authors:Sarah Cunningham, Jeff Goins, Dave Hickman, Blaine Hogan, Tracee Persiko, Stephanie Smith, Mandy Thompson and David Wenzel. In addition, you can hear more about the project in this NPR-style interview series by Moody Radio.
Also, if you pick up the book in the first two weeks, Moody will give you a bundle of free resources, including two full-length e-books. The book is available immediately at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christian Book.