Perseverance and Perspective

By: Steve Becker

Hebrews 10:35-36

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

It had been an exhilarating and fulfilling 14 years at a large advertising agency, but the last three were very hard. Accolades, advancement, fun work, great people, star-status with the agency… I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Then, for a variety of reasons, it all fell apart.

I was off the account that had been the driver of this exciting experience. The only accounts I was now assigned to were small ones with limited activity and visibility. I had a lot of free time.

I was called in to help on new business pitches. In a big ad agency, that’s a humbling experience. They’re tough to win and you have more help than you ever wanted. Herding cats comes to mind. We did win one piece of business, but that lasted only a year before new management came in and cut the advertising budget.

At the Monday morning management meetings, I often felt like I was a green, fluorescent, pulsating, orb in the midst of my peers. I’m sure my salary appeared that way to upper management.

I prayed about whether I should look for a new job, but always felt I should persevere. Here are some perspectives that helped me:

  • I serve the Lord in my job, no matter what is happening.

  • Any way I make myself useful to others is a service to him.

  • He said I should take up my cross and follow him. This is an opportunity for that.

  • He will use this time of testing and trial to strengthen and form me.

  • God knows my situation and is here with me. God is always good and he is always enough for any situation.

After three years, I was laid off in a business downturn. This began the final chapter of my business career, loaded with its own ups and downs, but I was better prepared for what laid ahead.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Are you in a situation where you see nothing of significance happening? Is God calling you to move on or simply to endure and continue where you are? Are you open to his will, whatever the answer?