Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Word-filled Wednesday

© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

It's truly a gift to be able to just focus on today.  There are so many things to worry about in the future, these days.  I was just reading about a woman who'd been working in print media for years.  She can't take a portfolio to apply for a job anymore, it's all online.   She was advised not to write her years in business on her resume because of her age.  I confess I still find myself wondering if I should go back to business.  But, the truth is business has changed.  There's nothing for me to go back to.

Newspapers are available online now.  They try to charge subscription fees, but why pay when you can see it for free?  Photos flow all over the internet.  Insurance is changing how many employees a company can hire.  Medicine is much different now.  The world is changing.  There's one thing I sometimes forget.  In the 90's, I was working at Boeing, in Seattle.  I was in a low-paying job that didn't have much future.  When the internet became public, my ears perked up.  I took some classes in HTML.  I'm sure it wasn't by accident that God put me in a computing department.  One of the guys came up to me one day and said, "I'm bored with this internet stuff.  You want to do it?" 

I said, "YES!"  Err... it was a little exciting.

I'm an artist, I was top pick after that.  Things are always changing.  I believe there will be new industries coming soon, with new technologies.

I heard a quote that I hold onto, "Have your tools ready and God will find you work."  There's lots of work out there.  It's just a matter of learning new skills and finding what's needed, trusting God.  Maybe the question to ask isn't, "How on earth will I find a job?"  But rather, "What can I do today?"

It's amazing how much I can get done in a month by working one day at a time.  I just finished my plan for 2012.  I always list what I've accomplished.  I have to admit I've come a long way.  Last night I was so excited, I couldn't get to sleep.  God made us creative like Him.  He allowed us to get bored, so we'd keep busy.  God sees us through the hard times, so we can learn perseverence.  Even Adam and Eve had work to do in the Garden of Eden.

I was thinking about all those years I spent in business.  I asked God why I went that route.  The answer came back, "It was your bootcamp."  Then I remembered David didn't get to be king for 40 years.  He had a really tough basic training program.

Jesus knew what He was talking about in Matthew 6:34.  Just today, I can do that.  Or at least try.  

Glynn Young is an example of someone else who is reinventing their career.  He recently published his first book, Dancing Priest.  I finished it last night.  It's a great book.  His main character has his own bootcamp to get through- but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it.  

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  1. Karen - thanks so much for the great recommendation (and the Amazon review) for "Dancing Priest." I hope your husband enjoys it, too. (And I'm glad your brother is doing better.)

    1. I'm sure he'll love it as well. The spiritual message is so well written and I know he's going to love the biking details and romance. I've told him he can borrow my Kindle. Now he's ready to read. To be honest I really hadn't heard of Anglican priests before. So, I also learned some from it. Writing a book is on my "To Do" list as well. Either illustrated children's or adult. Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring those of us who are trying new things. God bless! And congrats! You did it! It's more like a classic than just a Christian story.

  2. Thanks Denise and Joy! God has great plans for us. It all starts in our todays. Caught myself thinking of the future again this morning... So I had to laugh at myself and remember, "Just today."