I Need to Change

(Old Post from 2007)

Well. . . it has certainly been an interesting six weeks and I thought it was finally time to share a few things which have happened. In my last post, I described a wonderful job opportunity that would allow me to be stretched and grown far beyond what even I would have imagined.

Here's a quick update on the job opportunity — I spoke with the company this past week and they are going to continue you there search for the position, but I will not be participating. After my second interview, there is no doubt the fit would have been good, but I just did not possess a couple of the skills they were seeking at this point. With that said, there was mutual understanding to keep my information for future opportunities, of which I hope there is one.

This whole experience of the past six weeks has brought about a wonderful opportunity of a different sorts. After the first interview I was sure that there would not be a second and went about my business, but much to my surprise (one month later), I found myself being scheduled for an interview one month in the future. Each of these interviews can only be described as God moments – moments when you can clearly see God's Hand so close you can touch it.

After the hearing the news that I was getting a second interview, an in-person interview, I decided that it was time for me change something. I was tired of being “Fat Dave”, so I got a coach (who shall remain nameless), and got to work. The goal — lose 20 pounds by the time of the job interview – 4 weeks out. Okay, so you might be saying, why change who you are for a job. The truth is you get so accustomed to who you have become that you sometimes lose sight of who you want to become, and I think that was me. Now, that's not to say that I didn't have goals, because I did and I accomplished them — Master's Degree while working, but I can vividly remember just seven short years ago, being the skinny cross country coach, and I know that person was buried inside of me.

Sometimes God chooses to use the simple and mundane things, like job interviews, to catapult us into change – change that He knows we want to make but are often reluctant to make, because we become content. You have to understand I am not looking for another job, I have a job, but the Lord clearly put this in my path and I felt I needed to follow the path.

Today, I find myself in that strange and crazy place of riding miles (lots) on my bike, running hills, struggling through track workouts (my weakest link), lifting weights, and most of all watching what I eat. I have had several friends who have embarked on this kind of great adventure – some successful and some not.

Sometimes its just the journey that is the victory rather than the end result, we will see how both turn out. Oh, I almost forgot, my weight loss at the interview time – 24 pounds lighter. Kind of amazing, isn't it? I am still going strong, trying to lose another 10-15 pounds before our Christmas concerts, we will see what happens, because I am getting stronger and building muscle mass.

So, is there anything you want to change? It's a great question. Don't be afraid of the big question, it might just be the catalyst to get you moving in the right direction.

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