Occupational Redirection

By Patrick Hawthorne


A favorite pastime of mine, which really began about a year ago, is to consider what I will do once I retire from my current job.   Yet, is the word ‘retire’ really reflective and in line with my current train of thought?  After all, the word retire indicates giving up work, leaving work, taking leave, or an abundance of other equally synonymic expressions.  Is leaving the work force really what I desire?   I don’t think so.

If I am honest with myself, leaving the work force is not yet something I’m eager to do.  Despite the question of economic feasibility, I feel that I have too much of myself left to give and far too much life left to live.  So, what is it that I really desire?  The answer is simple; I would like to be, as my dad is fond of saying, occupationally redirected.

Having spent almost thirty years in an occupation dealing with emergency services, my desire, once I leave my current position, is to seek a position with a company or a business that I deem as “fun.”  This is not to say that I have not enjoyed my current job, because I have.  However, it is not a job that I really consider as fun.

Just what do I consider as a ‘fun’ job?  In my opinion, it is one in which I am able to work hard in a field that is closely related to the things I do to relieve stress.  For example, I love working in the yard and working with pigs and chickens.  A fun job for me would be one where I am surrounded by the things that bring me comfort, such as a garden store, feed store, or one dealing with farm implements.

To some, I just described work.  If that is your way of thinking, then that is fine.  Chances are your enjoyment might be my work.  It all comes down to personal preference.  However, this one thing I do know…I will wait upon the Lord and let Him direct my path.  Be blessed.


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)


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11 comments on “Occupational Redirection
  1. POP says:

    I enjoyed your message. Been there – done that as you well know. To be occupationally re-directed and doing what you love doing is a wonderful thing. Be Blessed my son. POP


  2. I like the idea of seeking God’s face in your decision. Being around things that bring you joy and comfort is what I would go for 🙂

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Come up here and buy you some chicken houses. Then you can work with thousands of chickens

    Also, e mail me if you would please


  4. I knew farming would come up in this post somewhere.:0) You are like my husband who works for fun and no matter how old he gets, he loves playing in the dirt. God bless you as you re-direct.:0)


  5. SLIMJIM says:

    I hope you get to enjoy your next “occupational redirection” in life.


  6. Thanks Pastor Jim. I will go wherever the Lord sends me. 🙂


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