Thursday, May 8, 2008

Short timer's attitude

Have any of you decided to switch jobs or ministries, but had to finish out a time period before you left? We call that short timer's attitude. Two years ago when I left the position I'd held for 18 years, I spent seven months finding someone to replace me and training her. During that time, I felt my life stopped-on hold- until I actually left.

Now I'm finding something of the same feelings with a ministry to girls at my church I've been involved with for 5 1/2 years. I've given notice, but will continue to teach through May with some helps until after the first part of August. I try to get excited about teaching,but the luster has gone. The girls aggravate more than they used to. I find I dread Wedsnesday nights where I used to look forward to them.

How have you handled this problem? I've prayed. But I'm stuck in limbo. I can't focus on my new upcoming ministry and I don't want to focus on my present ministry.
Any ideas out there?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

HUGS Janet. If the new person is trained, can you go ahead and give it to her and you be there in a support role?

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

God will bring the new person to this post, in His good time. How has He worked in your life previously with this type of situation? With me, He has done much as He has with you - I've been pulling away little by little; then His new helper appears. Trust in that. God already has this under control. God bless you in this!

Unknown said...

I was reading what happened to you on Sunday and scrolled down to your next blog....I have been where are...for months before I resigned as exec. director of Women in Need...I felt a restlessness...I began to feel a pulling away...and when all the events that happened to Dale...I knew it was time. It was hard since I had founded the ministry 24 years ago....there are seasons in our lives...sometimes God closes a door so he can open another one...and that is exactly what he has done for me at Heritage.
Ann