What I’ve learned about Appreciating God’s Will…

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Our second bible lesson is called “Appreciating God’s Will“. I learned this critical life lesson just a few years ago. Upon graduating from college, I was offered a position with a great company. The salary was solid, I was going to receive a company car and corporate expense account. It was the job I had worked so hard for during those 4 and a half years of school. At the last minute, I was told that the person I was to replace in the company decided to stay and therefore they could not hire me. I was devasted. I had stopped pursuing other potential offers because I had been led to believe that I already had a job! There I was 23 years old with a college education and unemployed. Bill collectors were calling me. I felt like a failure. I had no choice but to work odd jobs in the interim and I hated every minute of it. I couldn’t help but to say to myself, “I didn’t go to college for this!” After 9 months of difficulty, the University I graduated from offered me a job. It didn’t pay well, but it was a full-time job with benefits. After working for the University, I realized that helping young people trying to further their education was my calling. I decided to earn a Master’s degree so that I could climb the ladder as a university administrator. After earning my Master’s, I decided that I wanted even more. I earned a Ph.D. so that one day I could be a university vice president or dean. While working on my Ph.D., I worked with college athletes to make sure that they achieved academically and got their education. This opportunity led me to start a small business advising college athletes on their transition to professional sports. Let’s just say that the Lord has blessed me tremendously in this endeavor and that what I do now is far better than what I would have been doing for that company that took back their job offer!! I have more education, more money and more fulfillment than what I would have had if I had been hired by that company. Eventhough I was devastated then and couldn’t see it, God had a different plan for my life that was far better than what I could have imagined. I am so glad that His plan for my life reigned supreme over my own plan. Not to mention, if I had been given the first job, I would have had to move to a different state (Oklahoma) and would not have met my wife and wouldn’t have the great children I currently have. Who knows what would have become of me. God had a different and better plan… Now that I have witnessed His will in my own life, I just yield to what He wants. When a door is closed in my life now, I just figure that it is the Lord’s will that it is closed and I appreciate Him for closing that door and I try to open another one. I know that He wants what’s best for me…and I would much rather that His will rule over my life than my own will…

Carl