Do you know what I love?
Of course you do. I tell you on this blog all the time. You’re probably sick of hearing about the things I love.
But wait. I have ANOTHER thing I love– personal stories. Is there anything better than a personal story that inspires us to go whither God leadeth?
NO. There’s nothing better than a good man or woman who can say, “Hey! I decided to do this thing and it was difficult but I felt God was leading me to it. Here’s how it worked out.”
Today I’ve drafted my longtime friend, Josh Mosey (click here for his wonderful blog!), into telling us his personal story for our edification. Not too long ago Josh did something difficult. He left a perfectly good job he loved for a different perfectly good job that he didn’t know if he would love or not.
I know– brave, right? Who leaves a good job? Mostly we leave crappy jobs or boring jobs or jobs with terrible schedules. But Josh loved his job and gathered his courage to make the switch anyway. I asked him many questions and he gave me all his answers. I don’t think many readers are thinking of the same specific job change, but I’ve included all his thoughts because different things are going to stand out to different readers.
Only you know what God might need you to hear today. I hope Josh’s story inspires you to follow where He leads!
- Tell us what you do for a living now.
- I’m the marketing manager for Discovery House, the book publishing division of Our Daily Bread Ministries.
- How does it fit with your interests and passions?
- I’m a creative guy and I love having a hand in the development process of publishing. I’m also a bit extroverted, so I enjoy all of the interaction that I have with authors behind the scenes and with readers as I go out to trade shows and conferences.
- You recently left a job for this new job. What did you do before? How long? How did you feel about the old job?
- I left a great job of 10 years to come to Discovery House. Previously, I worked in marketing for Baker Book House, the retail arm of Baker Publishing Group. I started at Baker as a part-time employee working in the music department. Before long, I was the music buyer (responsible for stocking our shelves with quality music and videos as well as merchandising the section so we’d sell things). I helped with organizing and marketing events, and the next thing I knew, my marketing and graphic design responsibilities didn’t leave me enough time to take good care of the music department. I loved my work and the people who worked there.
- Did you ever expect to leave?
- I knew that I wanted to get into the publishing side of the industry, but I thought I needed to go back to school first so I could be credentialed. My degree is in Recreation, of all things, and the only thing speaking for me on my resume is my experience, which I didn’t think was enough to get me the job that I wanted.
- What was your first inkling, your first whisper of realization, that it was time to move to a new job?
- My friend and writing companion, Andy Rogers, works for Discovery House as an acquisitions editor. He forwarded me the marketing manager job description and mentioned that it would be good to work with me again. We worked together at Baker Book House about 5 years before, when he went to work for a different publisher in marketing, transitioning a couple years later to his current role at Discovery House. Back story aside, I looked at the job requirements and there were too many similarities to my previous experience to ignore. They were looking for someone who was familiar with the Christian publishing industry, had experience in marketing books, as well as some knowledge of music and videos. It was like they had excerpted parts of my resume to create their description. So I submitted my resume and waited. It was almost a full month before I heard a reply, but they were interested in meeting me.
- Your wife just changed jobs too. Was this major change some a well-planned event for your family, or a coincidence? How have double new jobs changed your family life?
- The timing of our job changes weren’t planned at all, but they do seem to fit into a larger trend of change within the family. Immediately after getting my new job, we had need of a new car, and we are working toward selling our home and moving into a different school district before my 4-year-old daughter begins her K-12 experience. Then, my wife got a new job that is less than half a mile from my new job, so we are able to carpool most days (thus making the need for that new car somewhat superfluous, but oh well). The biggest thing in managing the job shifts has been in budgeting our time more intentionally. The old routine got thrown out the window, leaving us scrambling for things like time to make dinner and time to write and time to simply enjoy our family. We have things mostly under control now, but things are about to change again, as we are about to move in with my in-laws while we finish and sell our old house.
- What new skills are you using and learning at the new job? Any connection to the old job?
- There are aspects of my job that are brand new to me. I get to provide the direction to the art department regarding product covers, promotional images, and graphics for social media. After consulting with our finance department, I decide what price an item should be. I even get to sit in on publishing board meetings and recommend book ideas and titles. I actually use a lot of the graphic design and marketing skills that I used for the bookstore, but the scale is much larger. Our Daily Bread Ministries is a global organization with 600 employees spread around every continent (except Antarctica (yet)).
- Has anything about this journey surprised you?
- Everything surprises me. I didn’t expect to be as happy as I was at Baker Book House. I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to work in publishing so quickly. Everything is changing at once—my job, my wife’s job, our car, our house. I didn’t expect any of that. It was like God decided that a certain chapter should close and the new one doesn’t look anything like the old.
- How much prayer did you put into making this decision? Was it an obvious desire, or a long and hard process?
- I prayed that God would do what was best for Him. I’ve been a Christian for long enough to know that He’s going to do what He wants anyway. The best thing I can do is try to be on His side. I was very happy in my old job, and if I didn’t get the one at Discovery House, I knew I was already taken care of. I was surprised and delighted when they called with an offer, but I would have been completely okay with waiting as well. I’ve noticed a trend in my life that the really good things tend to happen when I am satisfied with my situation rather than when I am aching for change.
- What was the final step in the decision-making process? When did it become a yes, I want this desire?
- After waiting for a month to hear back from Discovery House after submitting my application, I got called into two interviews fairly quickly. Within a few days of the final interview, I got a job offer. I immediately called my wife and asked for her thoughts. She knew that I was happy at Baker, but we both decided that the circumstances surrounding the job offer made it look like I should take it. My boss at Baker knew that I had interviewed as well, and even she was sure that I should take the job offer, even though it made her life more difficult. I knew that I wanted the job when I applied for it, but if it was just me wanting it, I don’t know if that would have been enough reason to take it. It felt right when other people agreed that making the job shift would be best.
- Advice for others in the same situation?
- Strive to enjoy the job you have now. It may make it harder to leave, but that isn’t really a bad thing. Also, it is nice to have your manager be able to put in a good word for you should you need it.
- Make sure that the new job isn’t just best for you, but that it is best for your whole family.
- Change is tough, even good change. Keep a friend handy to talk through any issues that arise because of the change.
- Pray through the decision, not necessarily that you get the job, but that the right person gets the job, understanding that you will be taken care of regardless.
I got really fancy and asked Josh to help me make a pie chart. I wanted to know percentages– how much of this decision was based on the Holy Spirit’s leading? How much on his family budget, his natural talents? I bent Excel to my will and this is what it created for us. I hope this helps if you’re a visual learner or just don’t have much time today:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)