I am now caught up to one year ago. J worked as a car salesman all year last year. We both really learned a lot about the business. I am very skeptical by nature and have always thought the salesmen were making "thousands" of dollars off me when I bought a car.
I'm going to back up and say that J sat down w/ his new boss G before agreeing to work there. He asked how they did business and told G that he would never lie to a customer. We talked about J being like the Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego of the car business. I know that there are many christian sales people I just have not come across many of them in my time.
God in His wisdom put J in a job where he had to rely on Him for every dollar. It was not something J could control. It was also humbling to go from pastor to car salesman. This job was so good for bringing our family together. Although we had never made a lot of money as a pastor's family, (yeah right) it was always a steady income. We could budget and stay within our means.
The kids and I would have our devotion and get on our knees and pray that God would send daddy customers who needed cars. I would be open with them about specific dollar amounts we were asking God to provide and we prayed specifically for that also. God, as He always does, would show up in His timing. I remember weeks where it would be looking so bleak. Then J would sell three cars while it was snowing outside. Now who gets the glory for that?!
We made it through last year, we never went without, and our bills were paid. We also wrote out our tithe check first, before paying the bills, every paycheck. When we rec'd our tax statement our income was almost 40% less than it had been the year before.
J has worked very hard to train for a management position at the dealership over the past year. He was promoted last month to business manager. Praise the Lord! Our son walked into an Upward Basketball meeting and a friend of ours said, "I hear your dad got a promotion." and our son said, "Yeah, now we can pay the bills!".
We are praying for God's will for our family. If He wants J to stay in this position then that is what he'll do. However, it is both of our heart to serve Him in ministry again. Some say that J disqualified himself from ministry, others say that God's grace is big enough. I am willing to go and do whatever God leads.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.