Why I Walked out on the Industry that Everyone was Trying to Walk Into

I’m often asked what made me decide to quit my job in Oil and Gas to go into Nonprofit work. Simply put: I hated my job, and I wanted something different. My heart wasn’t in Accounting. I recall going on a job interview for a better paying job in accounting and being completely bored out of my mind. I prayed that they wouldn’t call me back. They didn’t.It was then that I got that feeling that it was time for change. Not just a change in employers, but a MAJOR change.

What I needed was a change in my heart and a change in my faith.

The only thing keeping me where I was was fear. And the opposite of fear is faith. So I prayed, and I prayed, and I prayed. Then I began looking for a new job in a different industry – one more aligned with my passion. Looking at the salaries was terrifying. TERRIFYING. But I found a job that aligned 100% with what I was trying to do, and I went for it. In my previous blog How I Travel the World on $30,000 a Year, I shared the rewards that God has given me for my obedience.

I recently finished grad school, and as I reflected back on my decisions – with school, with work, with relationships, I noted a few things:

  • Only God can offer financial security. The Oil and Gas Industry took a major turn for the worse shortly after I exited. Talking with my former co-worker, we agreed that the only reasons there were no lay-offs in our department is that a lot of people had already left. I could have easily gone from good money to unemployed.
  • Operating outside of your passion is a peace-less decision. God created us for a divine purpose. Doing anything other than what you are designed to do will bring about discomfort, confusion and dissatisfaction. You will continue to hate going to your job, you will continue to have restless nights, and sick days due to the battle going on inside you.
  • Just because it’s where everyone wants to go does not mean it’s where YOU are supposed to be. Reason and logic, while often helpful, can be detrimental when relied on INSTEAD of relying on God. Reason tells us we shouldn’t leave a job that many people would give their right foot to have. Logic tells us, “if I quit this job, I  might struggle.” But what does the Word say? “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13). If everyone is trying to get there, it may not be somewhere you want to go. It also says GOD will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19).

I know that it is scary. I know that you have doubts. But I can tell you first hand that He is true to His Word. He is faithful. He is a God of abundance, and I don’t mean finances. Abundant peace, abundant happiness, abundant living. Abundance that satisfies the soul, not the pockets.

So was I scared? Yes, but FEAR IS A LIAR. 2 years later, and He is STILL providing, exceedingly, abundantly more than I could ever ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).  I realize that I had nothing to fear, because God was with me then, and he is with me now.

And He is with you, and He will be with you.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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