I’ve always been the restless kind. I have spent a significant portion of my life with the strange feeling that the action must be happening somewhere other than where I was at the time – that I was somehow missing something. I tend to lose interest in routine, predictability isn’t attractive to me. And ruts are despicable!
All of this can create real problems, especially for someone who desires to be an authentic and credible leader. If I followed my desire for frequent change, I would never put down roots. Thankfully, God has helped me to harness my emotions and I have served long-term throughout my ministry career.
I had to wrestle with my restlessness during my recent decision to accept a new ministry post – I had to be sure that my wanderlust wasn’t driving my transition.
When considering a transition, here are some key questions to ask yourself:
Am I just bored with the routine of my current job?
Is the grass really greener over there? (you know the old joke that the grass is greener over the septic tank?)
Has something happened that may have caused me to become discouraged and consider quitting?
And the bottom line question: Is God driving my desire for a change or is it only human emotion?
My advice? If you are young and unencumbered, hit the road, see the sights, it’s OK to be a bit irresponsible. But if you are responsible for others, settle down and only move IF God is saying to move. If God is telling you to move, you really need to do it – regardless.
Embrace whatever God embraces – changing or remaining.