Being successful in the career of my choice was something I strived for in my early 20s.
When the opportunity came for me to be a professional soldier, I dived right in with enthusiasm and was affirmed by my employers that the role was the right fit for me and that I had performed exceedingly well—with awards to show for it. It was a promising start, and I was filled with confidence that I had landed myself my dream job.
But all that lasted for a grand total of six months. At the most pivotal phase of my newfound career, my prospects of a bright future came to an abrupt and painful end due to an accident at the workplace. I was devastated. I remember going through weeks of feeling lost, not knowing what I should do next with my life.
After some time, through the counsel of trusted friends and family, I decided to put the painful job experience behind me and to delve into a new area of work in an unrelated field: teaching. Though this was a career path that I had not originally intended on, I began to enjoy the scope of work and was affirmed by colleagues and bosses of the value I brought to the team and organization over time.
But four years into that job, I faced another setback which resulted in my exit from the industry. By that stage, I felt like God was playing a practical joke on me, and that my desire for a successful career was unimportant to Him.
Tired of chasing the career of my choice and having multiple doors slammed in my face, I told God that for once in my life, I wasn’t going to go with what I wanted but will follow after His leading. A job offer that I had never considered before and one where my academic qualifications and skills were not relevant came to me and I begrudgingly accepted the offer. In an unexpected twist of events, I spent the next eight years in full-time Christian ministry. I’ve found it to be one of the most enriching and fulfilling experiences of my career.