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Shaped by God - Friday, March 3 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Friday, March 3
Dan Nicklen, member of RPC since 2005

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - 
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

I had achieved my goal of managing my own Information Technology department. I had become Chief Information Officer for a mid-sized retailer. When I was hired, the company had just been bought by a larger retailer. Our company would be run autonomously as a separate retail concept. After the first year, the parent company decided it would be more efficient to merge back office functions. My position was eliminated.

Unfortunately, I lost my job just as the tech bubble burst. Jobs were not as plentiful as I had hoped. At the time, we had one in high school, one in college, and one in graduate school.

A year passed with no job offers. I grew up with a strong religious background but only prayed for things to happen, like God find me a new job. I began to learn that through prayer I could give God my stress and nervousness. A job would happen at the right time. While the concerns and pressure of finding a job were not removed, I found it was manageable through communicating with the Lord. I began to see other things in life and that being in charge was not what life was all about. Things/stuff became less important and I had more time to focus on my family. One year stretched into almost two years before I found my next position. The new position was in Atlanta.

God had given me the strength to get through very difficult times. I understand the challenges in my life would continue. It is through a closer relationship with God and his Son that I can make it through what inevitably comes my way. I learned I was blessed with support I got from God and my wife and family and that my focus should be on them and not the next rung on the corporate ladder.

Heavenly Father your graciousness and caring is beyond comprehension. Please give me the strength that I need today, I know I don't have the strength on my own. Amen.

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