Is Your Mission to Nineveh?
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
Jonah; Philippians 4:13
While reading the book of Jonah one evening, I realized the work situation I was agonizing over was my "Nineveh." With that realization, new insights developed as to what had happened to Jonah and how it related to what I thought were the insurmountable obstacles in my own life and job.
I had taken a position in an employment field new to me. I had also recently moved across country to be nearer to my daughters and their families. The period of adjustment to new climate, altitude, family, living conditions, dealing with a decreasing job market, all seemed insurmountable.
Along with this was the uncertainty I would be able to fulfill the requirements of the new job. Filled with frustration and confusion, I had an almost uncontrollable urge to walk out.
I was frustrated that this position had been accepted under family pressure to take the first job offer. "After you are working and established, you can always look for another job, if you don't like this one." They were afraid it might be the only job offer. I had been away from family pressure of this kind for many years. I was frustrated in feeling I was not my own person anymore but an extension of my daughters' families. Upon acceptance of the job, other interviews were cancelled.
Confusion was generated with only one week of training in a busy, chaotic atmosphere on difficult, unfamiliar computer software programs designed for this real estate office. I had worked as a proficient secretary in various other disciplines but not like this one. Upon being assigned to the new real estate branch office, professional help was called in for additional software training.
Two weeks later, I was asked to take the place of the person who trained me, the one who set up all the programs, who knew how it all worked. I was to go three afternoons a week to that chaotic office and fill in as best I could. The request was ...
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