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He Asked Me About Change. And We Never Talked Again.

He Asked Me About Change. And We Never Talked Again.

In one of my final interviews before I left Corporate America, I had a good discussion with a supervisor who'd seen my resume. Now, he was ready to talk to his manager and set up a meeting for us to talk. True to his word, Bill (not his real name), did just that. I was scheduled to speak with Fred (not his real name).

Fred and I began our conversation with some pleasantries and generalities. The normal stuff. Then, we got into the meat and taters of the matter. He asked some basic interview questions and then, that's when he did it without even knowing he'd done it.

Fred said, "Eric, what's the one thing you'd change about your current department?" 

Let me pause for the cause here and tell you why this seemingly innocuous question was loaded with Wile E. Coyote type of dynamite. Unbeknownst to Fred, I was walking and living in freedom, because my whole life had just changed. I was now on a different path. In short, I was finally all in with Jesus Christ. This meant, no more dilly dallying around in interviews with canned phrases and, well, dishonest answers.

So when Fred asked, I said, "Fred, I'd change the leadership."

Pause number 2. I'm sure Fred immediately knew two things: One, this cat is crazy. Two, no chance I'm hiring him now. :D 

Dear reader, fear not. It's all good. Here's a bit more of what I said to Fred. "Fred, I'd change the leadership not only on my team and in my department, but across this entire firm. Because we've got lots of managers and very few leaders." For the next few minutes, I proceeded to tell him what I meant.

I don't think he had much else to say after that. He was kind and thanked me for my time and hit me with the usual, "Someone will be in touch with you", but I knew it wasn't going to happen. And I was at complete peace with it. 

Because I knew where I was going. I knew what God had told me to do. I knew what He'd said to me about my present and future and it no longer included being there. So why am I telling you this? To remind you.

You need to be reminded of what God has said to you. What He is saying to you. You need to be reminded that He's on the hook for your obedience. As Dr. Charles F. Stanley has taught me over the years, "When God tell you to do something, you do it. And leave the consequences of your obedience to Him."

Hebrews 10.23 puts it this way, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)..."

I don't know what He's told and commissioned you to do, but you need to do it. Remember the "why" He gave you. Remember that He's equipped you. Remember that He promised to be with you, John 14.18. Remember that He's told you and is telling you, "Hey, I'm with you and you don't have to be afraid. I'll be with you everywhere you go, Joshua 1.9."

And on the off chance that you don't think that's true or you're faith is wavering, I feel you. I offer you two things: Ask God to help you with your unbelief. He will. The second thing is this, "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23.19"

Needless to say, I never heard from anyone else about the job. And it was ok. In fact, it was all good. I believe it was one of my final "tests" before I left. I passed with flying colors. 

I thought about the situation recently and I smiled to myself and said, "Fred asked me about change. And when he did, I was glad that my answers made sense."

Speaking Life Into Your Existence™,

Eric James