Yup, we both did it. We turned in our two-weeks notices at our jobs. Next week is our last at our current employers and then we are full-time with WorldVenture and Lumi (www.Lumi.ug)!
We have been thinking of this big step for about 2 1/2 years, and there were so many moments between then and now that everything almost fell apart. We are so grateful to be here now and we are SO excited that everything is moving forward.
Looking forward, Friday is Jesse’s birthday, so we’ll do something fun to celebrate our transition to full-time and his transition to 29. =)
We have WorldVenture’s Renewal Conference during the last week of January, and the owner of Lumi will be staying with us for the conference, as well. About two weeks after that, I (Rachel) will be heading to Texas for a well hand-pump repair and maintenance training with Living Waters (http://www.water.cc/operations-maintenancepump-repair). I’m really exciting about that! While I’m away, Jesse will start his Professional Engineering Exam study courses (every Saturday) and then we’ll begin the process of selling our home.
LOTS to do!
With so much transition ahead and so much to do, I have noticed one theme emerge in my mind and heart. The idea is best put by the book I’m currently audio-reading…
“What matters is not the accomplishments you achieve; what matters is the person you become.”
― John Ortberg, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You
A co-worker asked me last week how it felt to be leaving, and I gave her an answer that even surprised me. I said that I felt like I was having a minor identity crisis. I’m used to answering phones, handing out business cards, and introducing myself as a Water Engineer with my current employer. So now that I’m not that anymore…who am I? I’m not a missionary in Uganda (at least not for several more months), and I’m not really doing any engineering right now, either. So when I read the line above, I remembered WHO I am, and who I am becoming.
We are all becoming someone, and the list of things we’ve done (whether good or bad) isn’t even close to who we are. I’m not a person who usually does New Years Resolutions, but I hope that I spend more time in 2015 looking at who I am becoming more than what I have done, and that I see people more as who they are rather than what they do.
Happy New Year!