In 2018 I was extended an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors for Crossroads Career Services. Although I was honored to receive the invitation, my initial response was, “I don’t have the time to do that.” You see, at the time, I had a full-time job, volunteered in my local church’s ministry, and served on a STEM Advisory Board for a High School and the Board of Directors for not one but two professional associations. I also served as the virtual assistant for my wife’s consulting practice. But, most importantly, I am a husband, father, and grandfather. “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
God had a Different Plan
After consulting with my wife, I accepted the offer to serve on the Crossroads board. My wife pointed out that although I was serving in our local church, I could serve thousands instead of hundreds by serving on the Crossroads board, thus extending the kingdom’s reach. Therefore, as my terms ended, I removed myself from some of the other commitments that consumed my time, making more time to serve on the Crossroads board. In doing so, the Lord quickly provided the time needed to serve. I am grateful for the time I have spent thus far serving on the Crossroads board for governance and the blog posts, podcasts, and webinars extending the kingdom’s reach. Regularly, Crossroads uses various mediums to reach people in support of our mission to educate, equip, and encourage people to hear God calling, maximize their potential, and get the right job. I want to highlight three of which I am most grateful for.
Crossroads publishes a blog post weekly for those whose preferred learning modality is reading. We are very grateful for the board members, volunteers, and other contributors who provide the content for our blog posts.
Last year, we launched the first season of the Crossroads Career Podcast. Our podcast reached out to those whose preferred learning modality is Auditory. Each podcast featured a guest interview on timely and timeless topics for the unemployed, underemployed, and unfilled. We are grateful for our hosts, guest, and production team.
In 2019 we began our monthly webinar series. Each webinar addressed a host of topics of interest to our audience. They ranged from preparing your resume to choosing the right career. The webinars served those to whom the visual learning modality was preferred. We are so grateful to our webinar hosts, guests, and volunteers for their service.
Next year, we plan to continue the weekly blog postings with relevant content, launch the next podcast season with new hosts and guests, and update our Created for Good Works webinar series. We will also launch our Hear God Calling You digital course and form partnerships to help you maximize your potential.
Extending the Kingdom’s Reach
We are grateful for extending the kingdom’s reach this past year and the opportunity to continue next year. Grateful that God uses us as a vessel to minister to people at a crossroads in their careers. Most of all, we are grateful to you. Grateful that you allow us the privilege to pour into you what God has poured into us. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 I am grateful to be God’s masterpiece and that I can do the good things he has planned for me.
What are you grateful for?
A Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), James is passionate about helping others reach their potential. For more than 20 years, he has served hundreds of people through coaching, consulting, and raining. James is a Crossroads Guide and also serves on the Board of Directors.