About a year ago, I applied for a position that was far away, improbable, and logistically out of reach but seemed too good not to try for. A few steps into the process, however, it became evident that my husband and I would not be able to relocate at that time. So we considered it a pass, and stayed put.
But that has since changed.
I spent last week in Winter Park, Florida, getting set up for my new job as Content Development Editor at RELEVANT magazine, the same position I hoped for a year ago.
The process leading up to this decision with my husband was difficult and complex, as every life-uprooting decision is, but after we determined that there are opportunities in Florida for both of us, and that we are up for a challenge especially when we believe the challenge will be equally rewarding, we decided to take the leap.
In this swell of change, I’m grateful for a husband who loves and supports me in my pursuits and passions, the opportunity to serve on a great and talented team who I believe is not only speaking into culture but shaping it, and the striking grace of being able to make a living with words.
For you, for us, for all of us in our daily work, this is my prayer:
Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(U.S. Book of Common Prayer, “For Vocation in Daily Work,” (1979), p. 261)