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Not on Your Own Terms

I remember being at Boston Market, sitting across the table from the chairman of the church board.

I remember thinking this was the whole “it’s not me it’s you” moment except I realized that it was in fact “me” and not “them.”

I was being fired from my first official church job after roughly six months on the job.


Now, I feel like I should say this: I mean nothing bad against anyone. This was almost 10 years ago now, and I really have moved on. I’m not going to delve into the long story, at this point they don’t matter. What matters now is that I’ve been there. I have a story tell. Yes, it’s true: Dan Scott has been fired from a church before.

At the time, I was confused. I didn’t know what to do, how to respond, whether to be angry or relieved.

You might be asking, “Relieved?”

And I would answer honestly, “Yes.”

As I look back on that time in my life, I realize that I didn’t like the job as much as they didn’t like me in the job. It wasn’t a good fit on so many levels.

At the time, I didn’t have the maturity to realize that the time had come for me to leave. Someone had to force my hand. If they hadn’t made the first move, who knows how long I would have stayed in a job that wasn’t breathing any life into me.

In hindsight, getting fired was the best thing that could have ever happened to me at that time. Being released from that position forced me to re-envision what God wanted for my life.

I may never have started to attend Ada Bible Church. I may never have fell back in love with the potential of the local church. I may never have landed the job that has given so much life to me these past 8 years.

And I may be going overboard with the “I may nevers”, but I can’t help but share one weird coincidence. If I hadn’t been hired at Ada Bible Church, chances are high that I never would have traveled to Africa and fallen in love with the children and been moved towards opening my heart for adoption. In a strange way, Taye really is a result of being let go from that job.

Now, while that sounds like the plot-line of movie, I have to believe it is true.

I wish I could have known then what I know now. The healing process would have been much easier. Unfortunately, we don’t know what God is doing when events such as these happen. He calls us to trust Him and follow where He leads.

Sometimes God leads us into a great job perfect for how we feel he’s gifted us. Other times He leads us into the land of between. We’ll talk about that tomorrow.

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