What do you do when you’re not ready to make a move, or change your career or go out on your own, but, suddenly, you’re pushed out of your comfort zone? Do you free fall to the ground, or are you ready to fly?
I was reminded of my own story today as I visited with my friend Joshua Phillips. I met Joshua years ago when he refinanced my home. Since then, he has put together three different mortgages for me and has become a good friend and client in the process. Besides being a businessman, Joshua has a heart for ministry and has spent a lot of his effort and money in helping people see themselves as God sees them through his involvement in Fully Alive Ministries.
Three days after I closed on my new home at the end of January, Joshua emailed me to let me know that his current employer, Realty Mortgage, was going out of business. My mortgage was the last one they closed. (Thank you Lord and thank you, Joshua). He also mentioned that he didn’t know what his next steps were but that that he was praying and seeking God’s will.
During lunch today Joshua told me he now owns his own company backed by PrimeLending, a large bank and mortgage from Texas but new to Tennessee. He currently owns two branches, Brentwood and Murfreesboro and is looking at adding another one soon. The truth is that Joshua was very comfortable at Realty Mortgage. He was making great money and his hours were flexible. However, it took Realty Mortgage going bankrupt before he was pushed out of the his comfortable nest and forced to fly on his own.
Today Joshua is a business owner. In a few months, he’ll probably make more money than ever before, and beyond the extra money, he’ll be able to impact a lot more people through Fully Alive Ministries because of the extra resources he’ll be able to allocate to the cause he is so passionate about.
Years ago I went through a similar experience as Joshua as I found myself in a crisis situation that propelled me to start The A Group.
I want to encourage you today if you find yourself in a difficult time. Like Joshua, don’t dwell on the failure, but look beyond it into the opportunity and how you can seize it. I hate going through a crisis, but I’m amazed at how much I have grown spiritually as well as professionally because of them as I look back and take inventory.
What’s going on in your world? How are you being forced out of the nest into your new future?