Sept. 15, 2003 – Dec. 31, 2020

This looks like it could be on a tombstone, doesn’t it? It feels like an entire life, but it’s not. It’s the beginning and ending dates of my employment at my church home.

It’s actually 17 years, 3 months, and 17 days. I was a different person when I began in my role there as an administrative assistant. As the church grew, my role expanded with it, and it was wonderful. My children and their needs were not pushed to the bottom of my priorities. When they were older, I was able to begin and finish my college degree. My employment offered me so much in terms of flexibility and care.

Over the years, there were other offers that came along. None felt like the right fit, or the right time to make a change. There were seasons when I felt like the place would fall apart without me. You could say I took my responsibilities seriously.

A couple of months ago, a new opportunity presented itself. When I read the job description, it seemed to have my name on it. Things I enjoy, things I’m good at, maybe some eventual travel (Covid limitations, obvi) and many new things to learn. After 3 rounds of interviews, and lots of prayer, they made me a great offer, and I’ve accepted.

It feels appropriate to make this change at the year’s end. Fresh year, fresh start.

The thing is that my boss and coworkers are really family. It was a tough thing to resign, and to let others know I was moving on. I’m so grateful for the peace I have about this decision, or these conversations would be excruciating. As it is, they will remain my community and my friends. There was a lot of ribbing, a send-off lunch, a few lovely gifts, and sweet reminiscing.

Also, I received a threat of being thrown in the pond after the Christmas Eve services as a proper farewell. Ha! This girl avoids fresh water in Florida (um, alligators), and all water in winter (um, freezing), so yeah, that was not happening!

When I return to church eventually, I will be a regular attendee. Maybe I’ll step into a volunteer spot at some point. But I will be there with a pure heart, and a sincerity for the community I’ve come to love, not as part of my work obligation. If I decide to disappear for the weekend with my man, I can do so freely.

It’s been forever since I’ve been a rookie. New software, new co-workers, new industry, new everything. It’s going to take some time to find my groove, but I am so excited for the fresh opportunity! It’s a big, expanding company and there’s a lot of potential for me to grow too. It will be challenging, and I’m ready for it!

Maybe you’re ready for some changes in 2021 too. Whether they are minor, or gigantic, may you have peace and excitement for what lies ahead!

Thanks for reading, until next time!
Sherri

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