My husband and I don’t know what to do. He had the opportunity to pursue a second career by going to seminary, which he did exceedingly well, graduating in May of 2012. He has yet to find a ministry position. Close, but no luck. Frankly, it’s discouraging.
So, we are considering what to do next. Give up looking for a ministry position? Maybe.
We talked about how God’s plan for our lives has two tiers: the most important role that God has for us, Big R, and the particular roles we play, Little R. We decided that God’s highest desire for us, the top line of our lives, the Big R role, is to glorify Him and to lead others to do the same by sharing the gospel. The top tier is the same for everybody. The bottom line, then, the Little R roles, would be however we decide to do that, the work we do and the people we interact with. That one allows for infinite personal creativity.
Therefore, the Little R roles are the means by which we accomplish the Big R role.
A pastor, a Little R role, can manage the Big R role fantastically well or very poorly, as can an engineer (my husbands first career) or an IT project leader (my first career) or a Bible teacher (my current career). Those are all Little R roles. On the other hand, I know people who will never be in ministry, and yet they are powerful witnesses for Jesus Christ. They are living the Big R very well.
Perhaps in all of the attention we place on our Little R roles, and often on ourselves, we lose sight of the Big R role, what matters most to God.
I still don’t know what we’re going to do, but I pray that we will live our Big R role well. No matter what Little R roles we play.