I worked in Ottawa for Nortel from September 1998 to April 2003. 4 years and 8 months. (Not including an internship at the company in 1997).
I’ve been in ministry since July 2009 to present (written March 2014). 4 years and 9 months.
It makes me think.
It makes me look back at how things can change, often in a blur of activity.
It makes me wonder, “What if <this happened> or <that happened>? How might things have been different?”
For the most part I enjoyed working in technology. Sure there were days when the company was in free-fall it was hard to get out of bed, but the people, the company, the city… they were good to me. They taught me an awful lot.
But there’s a difference between liking something and loving it. There’s a difference between being good at doing something and knowing you were created to do something.
I was good at technology. I was good at finding and solving problems. I was good at working in a team. I became good at leading a team while I was there.
But ministry… Once I found Jesus in my life, he showed me I was created for something different. Something greater. Something he was preparing me to do. And now I’m getting to do it. I’m still leading. I’m still solving problems. But I also hope I am helping people grow into their own understanding of God’s presence in their lives.
So yeah, there might have been some “What if…” questions.
But those don’t really matter. I embrace my past. My past has made me who I am today. God has taken all my experience, all my passion, all my life and shaped me into the man I am today.
I’m no where near perfect. I have a very long way to go.
But Jesus is perfect. Jesus is the reason why I am here today.
All I have been, all that I am, is because of what Jesus has done for me.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.