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Changing Direction


Issue 003

Some decisions really plague your mind. They wake you up in the night and they yell at you during the day. They interrupt your conversations and monopolise your thoughts; then they irritate you when you‘re trying to get to sleep. Like changing job, for instance: even the thought of it is enough to terrorise some. And what about changing career altogether? It‘s enormous, isn‘t it?

Are you contemplating a big decision like that? I’ve done it a few times. I‘ve even employed a career counsellor in the past. It really does help to be understood.

When Jesus Christ was thirty, He‘d already been running a carpentry business for at least twelve, possibly eighteen, years. He knew how to build a boat, throw a bridge over a river or make high quality furniture. He could handle the customer, balance the books, and manage the stock. Now He faced a decision to change career and become a rabbi.

Whatever else that tells us, it‘s reassuring to know that when we‘re considering wholesale change, we are in good company. And that‘s just the point: The One who changed from carpenter to rabbi at thirty will accompany you in this decision. He knows exactly what it‘s like, even the detailed concerns that you have. For Jesus there was one thing that didn‘t change. Whether carpenter or rabbi, He was doing His Father‘s business – so are you. It really does help to be understood.


Hebrews 4: 14-16 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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Module: 1
Season: Transition
Daily Guide: No

Tags: change, decision, in-between, transition, understood

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