If my father loved his career more than he loved our family, Hugo Chavez would’ve been my neighbor. No, I don’t mean we would have shared a property line with one of the most reviled dictators in recent decades. But I do mean that my family would’ve lived in Venezuela as my dad’s climb up the corporate ladder took a South American detour.
The news of Hugo Chavez’s death has me thinking a lot about the impact a decision about a possible job transition can have on a family. Because my dad cared about my family’s stability more than his career aspirations, he turned down a chance to lead Chevron’s South American operations after the company merged with Texaco over a decade ago.
Everyone recognizes that when you say yes to a new job opportunity, it marks a significant milestone in your life. But there are times when saying no to a new job opportunity can have an even greater significance on your life’s direction. The next time you are evaluating a life-altering opportunity like a job offer, here’s how to think about it:
As it turns out with my father, after he turned down this job in Venezuela, the company found a better opportunity for him that was a more suitable fit for his skill set and long term goals.
Sometimes, doors open that allow God to lead the way. Other times, doors open that enable the enemy to lead us astray. The challenge is knowing the difference between the two. Gospel-centered discernment helps us to take our past experiences, present priorities, and future hopes to make wise decisions when opportunities arise.