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“Don’t be so crazy…” advised my friends when I told them I was leaving my full-time job to seek what the Lord wanted me to do. They were understandably worried. The possibility of getting another job that suited my profile was very bleak where we live. How could I leave a well-paid job of 15 years with such a reputable organisation? I had nothing else to go to. My friends thought me irresponsible, especially given my family commitments. I too sometimes doubted my sanity. But as a family we felt a surprising peace about the future.
That’s when I remembered Zacchaeus the notorious tax collector on the road to Jericho. What prompted him to risk his status and climb the wild fig tree? After all he was a big, rich man – even a leader amongst tax collectors. I realised that he wanted to see what this great man Jesus looked like. As I thought about it, I realised that, like Zacchaeus, I too have to leave my reputation, to leave the comfort of the familiar, to leave my job-security, if I am to discover Jesus in a new way. I had to climb the big obstacles of my fears and my pride to see Jesus with a new perspective.
• Have you lost sight of Jesus in your work life?
• Which trees in your life , you need to climb over to get a better view?
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