I started the coffee and sat quietly at the breakfast bar. The lyrics from the song “The Lion and The Lamb” that we had sung at church yesterday ran through my head. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched him gathering up his things. I couldn’t believe how different he looked today.
He has been a student for 3 1/2 years now. At the age of forty, he quit his full-time management position to pursue a career in a completely different field, talk about guts.
Over the past several years his look has changed. He wore superhero t-shirts instead of dress shirts. Tennis shoes replaced his work shoes. His clean shaven face was turned into a permanent five o’clock shadow. He carried a book-bag instead of a briefcase.
This risk that we chose hasn’t been easy.
We took a significant loss in income. It has challenged our marriage in more ways than I could have ever imagined. This past year he had to move away from our family. He struggled with the guilt of putting our family through it. But despite all of it, like struggles always do, it brought us closer together and me…closer to God.
We could have ignored Ben’s wish to change careers, that would have been the easy road. He could have lived his life just going through the motions each day but instead, he had the courage to do something he was passionate about. We should all be so brave.
Today I sat and noticed that his look has changed once again. The scruff has been clean shaven. The dress clothes are back although now they are covered by a white lab coat. The book bag is now a bag with medical supplies. A t-shirt is still being worn but the superhero logo has been replaced with a plain old white cotton v-neck. Even though the shirt doesn’t say it, I know that he is still my superhero.
Are you doing what you are passionate about? We all have it in us…the strength to do what God is calling us to do.