I used to work as a customer representative for large communication companies and banks. From the age of 16-22 every one of my job was in customer service. I remember thinking to myself ONE day I will work in an office and never have to deal with anyone other than the staff. That never happened.
There would be days when it was so hard and unbearable that I didn’t want to go to work. I mean, it was challenging. I cried on every job. I had mean customers. The things people will say to you over the phone were scary and some were downright cruel. I had strict managers who never smiled and that made the work environment uncomfortable. I prayed and prayed that God would open more doors for me in an office setting or anywhere else than customer service. God never did. However, He did move me from being a customer service rep at Wireless company to a personal banker at a Credit Union, let’s face it, that’s still customer service, just a different title!
I can see clearly that God was molding me and training me for ministry. Ministry and serving others is all about customer service. If I didn’t work at those job, I wouldn’t know how to deal with people on a personal and professional level.
God has great plans for you as well. You may not like what you’re doing or dissatisfied with your current situation, but there is a purpose, much bigger than you could ever imagine! We just have to take small steps of faith each day, little by little. When you get there, you will see the big picture. It will come together like a big jigsaw puzzle. During those years, it was hard and I hated every minute of it, but am glad that I stuck it through. Now, I can do ministry confidently because I had some “professional” training through these companies. I am now competent to deal with all sorts of people when they come my way. It was truly God’s grace upon my life, as well as the hardest years.
I pray that this will encourage you to keep going even if you don’t see it now. Keep pressing on friends! God is cheering you on, be faithful!
Proverbs 16:33 We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.
Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.