So… as of January, 2007, I have completely exited my career in Information Technology, and am now working full-time on finishing the initial fund-raising phase of joining a global missions organization called Cru.
Which, at the moment, is sort of weird. Prior to this, I spent 18 years in I.T. and was blessed with a rewarding and diverse career, which included work in systems and engineering, management and consulting. I’m confident in both the craft and calling associated with my new career, and can’t wait to get out there ‘in the field’. But having walked out the door of the previous ‘day job’ for the last time, I still have a weird sense that the phone will ring or I’ll get an email or something else will demand my attention (regardless of what I may have been doing), like so many hundred times before.
It won’t. That career is over.
Career v2.0 is entirely different. The team I’ll be working with is dedicated to using music (and other creative disciplines) to create artistry and performances that help reveal people’s thirst for something eternal. And then, of course, we share with them the truth about Christ, who alone can satisfy the thirst of their souls.
So, while I.T. was a great way to make a living, this is my calling – this is what I’m supposed to do with my life.
It’s great to have that kind of clarity, but there’s a lot of hard work ahead. On the one hand, I leave behind an entire career’s worth of memories, relationships, experiences, and distinctive capabilities.
On the other hand, I get to do what I was made to do. And, I guess, I’ll save a bunch of money on haircuts.