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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.

PRAYER:
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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