What do you live for goes beyond what you pay your bills with
Why is everybody so worried about how people get to “pay the bills”?
I just quit my job. That’s right. I did it.
Honestly, I couldn’t see that coming. I’ve spent the last six years of my life working to one of the greatest and most traditionals companies in Brazil. We work with social service, providing culture, education and — in my case — leisure to thousands of people who work ceaselessly to build commercial business sphere. It was a huge thing. The company pays bigger salaries than the market, and I have grown five job positions in six years, starting as a pool boy and finishing now as mangement assitant. Not too shabby for a 25-year-old kid.
And then, I quit. Three months after my latest promotion and paycheck raise, leaving behind some of the most loved brazilian work rights of all (something we call “unemployment insurance”), and having no other place to go.
I know. There’s something wrong with me.
It wasn’t a random sudden decision. I’ve spent the latest six months planning on this. And even like it, I’ve been feeling the most mixed things ever. I could not be more prepared and seasoned for this, but at the same time, gosh, I could not be more scared.
I think that’s the definition of faith. Faith is not about being recklessly brave, but about finding the guts to do what you believe God has said to you and go for it, even though you’re scared.
Before I keep telling you my story, I want to talk a little bit about Peter in the sea with his mates, seeing Jesus walking towards them over waters in the midst of a big storm. Peter wasn’t brave for stepping out of the boat, but for a moment he looked to Jesus, who had called him out on the waters, and had the faith upon that word, and even though the situation was challenging and honestly impossible, he did it.
I feel like that, and especially today, the story of Peter resounds in my heart and mind. It’s not about the resemblance of it, but about the similarity. I’m quiting in the worst of scenarios. I do not have any job to go to, the economy in the whole nation is going real bad, and in two weeks, I will wake up a Monday morning without anything to do to catch some money.
So why am I doing it?
A life-coach would tell that I have found what I’m passionate about. And even though that’s not it, it kind of is. But I’m not talking about any kind of profitable passion or dream-job. But I did found a purpose to live for. Something I wanna do with my life more than getting money.
That’s even a good question. Why do we talk so much about what we do for a living and consider for it what we do to get money? Because the money part don’t bother me. I do have some ideas and some plans. I am looking forward to be doing what I can to sustain myself. But that will not be what I do for a living.
And I believe that has been God’s idea when he asked me to quit. I wasn’t working to sustainance or to add into society. I was working for a living, and living for my work. And I’m not saying it’s wrong to give your life for something you believe in. But I am saying it’s not right to live only for it. There’s more to life than your job, and I’m the one who had to lose it so I could see it.
So, there is more. And what would that look like?