It’s a scary, beautiful road when we leave the comfort of the familiar to forge a new path.
For two years, I worked as an assistant for the International Program Group Communications team. I had an incredible boss who encouraged me to pursue my passions. I flourished under his leadership as I learned more about my skills and developed relationships around the ministry.
So two months ago, when offered a new position as the International Partner Development Web and Marketing Specialist, I knew what I had to do. This was an opportunity to steward my gifting and passions for writing, marketing, and cultivating relationships of impact.
But that meant leaving the people I’d grown so close to. My co-workers had become a second family to me!
Learning a new role can be lonely. Sure, I love my new bosses and the new people I’m meeting, but I miss my old team. Leaving familiar paths to venture onto new ones feels vulnerable and sometimes scary.
A new friend of mine, Colleen,* knows these feelings well.
I met Colleen through OurCompassion, which I now work to help develop. She’s a sponsor and correspondent from Australia, and she recently blogged on OurCompassion about her struggle with cancer:
“I went to the hospital yesterday, and due to infections and extremely low blood pressure and blood count, I was unable to receive my treatment. My doctors have said that I am unable to receive any more chemo as my body is not responding to it … I still do not know what is going to happen, the cancer is still there in my kidneys and liver … I am scared, scared that the cancer will get worse between now and then, scared that the doctors could say there is no more they can do for me. Please, can you all keep praying for me?”
Colleen’s honesty overwhelms me. She’s vulnerable in the midst of something scarier than I know. She’s willing to share her struggles and ask for support. And oh my! The outpouring of love from the global OurCompassion community … it brings me to tears.
I realize that when I log in to OurCompassion, I’m doing more than just visiting some Web site; I become part of a compassionate community that prays for members like Colleen as she goes through treatments. A community to share stories of love for our sponsored kids, love for the Lord, and love for each other — even if we have never met.
Colleen reminds me that we are all entering uncharted waters — whether new jobs or no jobs, debilitating illnesses, moves, or personal tragedy or triumph. We need to lean into those God has placed around us — whether they be across the aisle or across the ocean!
I’m forging new paths at Compassion. I look forward to new friendships and working with the incredible people involved with OurCompassion.
Are you in yet?
*Colleen’s name and location have been changed for the sake of her privacy.