In 2015, I lost my job of 13 years. I was devastated. I felt as if I had lost my daily purpose in my life. In addition to losing my job as a supervisor for a global corporation, for which I had worked hard to attain, I lost daily contact with my work friends.
I was one of the most beloved supervisors in the company. I helped people to soar, accomplish their dreams, get promotions and huge raises. I was also a faith-filled, servant leader and I encouraged people through my faith. So many times, people came into my office and tears flowed from their eyes as they shared how they appreciated the manner in which I led them with love, compassion and understanding. In short, I was a hero.
I also represented women and ethnic minorities in the workplace and I mentored many of them who sought to achieve their career goals. As a Black woman, I was a mentor to many Black women who wanted to achieve the success that I had attained. And, I also mentored Asian women, Caucasian women, Latin women, African women, young women and mature women. I mentored men as well. And, I helped many men to get promotions, prime projects, exposure and leadership opportunities just as I did with the women that I supported.
And, last, but certainly not least, I represented my faith. I shared my belief in Jesus to people of all faiths: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, believers of Judaism, etc. I ministered to people who were atheists. One of my most memorable experiences was impacting a woman’s life who was an atheist and didn’t believe in God. When she accepted Jesus as Lord of her life, she came to me with excited zeal to share her new-found faith and how I had impacted her life through my testimony.
I believe that God made this decision for me regarding the layoff from my former company. God wanted me to move on to a new way of ministering the Gospel and to a new way of working and living.
I could see God’s hand on my layoff and it came with lots of blessings like a nice financial package, an opportunity to advance my career to a higher-level position and more time for me to spend with my family, especially my 8-year-old daughter. But, in order to fully appreciate and to enjoy these blessings, I had so much work to do and so much pain to heal from. This was an extremely hard thing to do: work to establish a new career while healing from the one that lost and loved so dearly. I made lots of mistakes and my pain was evident for all to see.
From 2015 until now, I have been in a healing and transformative process in all areas of my life: my faith walk, my self-care routine, my marriage, my role as a mother, my friendships, my church ministry work, my career and so much more.
My faith has been strengthened by these two years of transformative healing and my entire life has changed. I am on a new path and it’s challenging to put it all into words. But, God has redirected the course of my life and He has developed me for a new phase of leadership, self-acceptance and personal growth. The scripture says that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17) and so I was put to the test, reassigned to new faith works in all areas of my life and surrendered to a new way of living in Christ Jesus.
What does purpose mean to you?
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