As I sit here alone in an empty office building, I am left to ponder the last 2973 days. Back on November 28, 2005 I started my career with Telus. Today is my last day and on Monday I start a new career.
Since then many things have changed over the past 8 years.
- I was 28 years old and now I’m 37.
- I’ve gained and lost a lot of weight over that time. I have been between 190 and 250 depending on my mood and energy level and now I’m in the lower half of that again and heading in the right direction.
- I had a preschooler, a toddler, and one in the oven and now I have four elementary students.
- We had just signed a lease on our 11th rental place in less than 7 years and now we have been living in a home we own for almost 7 years.
- We’ve seen two new premiers of Alberta, a new Prime Minister, a new US President, and added 1.6 billion people to the earth’s population.
- The Office had only aired 15 episodes and now after 9 seasons it has ended.
- We started a podcast, recorded 42 episodes (which the kids still love to listen to), and shut it down.
- We have attended several different churches in that time. Rockyview, Harvest Hills, East Side, Full Gospel, St. Thomas More, Eastview. Some only a few times, some for about a year, but we’ve always found ourselves drawn back to Bow Valley where we started out. Tomorrow we are launching our new church plant, Northern Hills and we expect to be there at least 3 years.
About halfway through the 2973 days, in the summer of 2009, I got it in my mind that I wanted to start down the road to becoming an accountant. Since then I’ve taken 10 courses through SAIT and CGA, met with a number of accountants, taken two tax courses at H&R Block and subsequently taught those same courses, and spent three seasons preparing taxes and managing a tax office
The first 2,500 days of our marriage were focused on music ministry and then the next 3,000 have had a distinct drop in both music and ministy – at least in my life. This busyness (and working a rotational shift at work) led to me being in class or working a lot of Sundays for a few years. Now even though I am still focusing on a career in accounting or finance, I have been able to make shifts in priorities. I am very involved at church now. More than any other time since I was working in full-time ministry.
Since I started delivering papers in 1991, I’ve worked evenings and/or weekends except for one year just out of high school. For over 20 years of my career I’ve felt unable to commit to things because of my irregular hours. My new job is Monday to Friday, 8-4. I feel like I have finally grown up. In addition to the time I can now devote to ministry work, I’m also very excited to be able to date my wife again. All four of our kids are involved in a neighbourhood club on Wednesday nights and since neither of us are working, Amber and I have decided to make that a regular date night. Typically we get one or two dates a year because of my schedule (and me being too cheap to pay for a babysitter), so being able to have this time that we can reconnect will be awesome.
I’ve been getting congratulations from lots of people about this new job. Mostly everyone assumes it’s a promotion and that I’ve got it made now that I’m working with the government. That’s not really the case. The job I’ve signed on to is a term position that is only guaranteed until May and after taking into account my employee discounts I’ve been used to at Telus, pays about 15-20% less than we are used to. This is why this is such a leap of faith. To gain this time back with my family and be able to have a significantly less stressful work situation, I have to sacrifice stability. I am trusting that come the end of my term, the post will be extended or I will find something even better. While this seems really scary when I write it down, it feels so right. I know that this is the move that will take us where we are supposed to be.