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Today is a curious subject involving Travel, Health and Job. It is also the second-last reflection of this mini-series.

Travel

My heart screams with excitement, as I cannot wait to have a steady source of income. Why? Because I miss travelling overseas. I desire to travel to Israel with a highly-acclaimed tour operator. To be completely honest, I have only taken interest in the nation of Israel – as of this year. I am interested in learning the historical aspects of the Bible, and the importance of Israel as God’s chosen people in the 21st century.

I still have a growing desire to pursue a missions trip to Asia. Not so much as a casual 2-week holiday missions trip, but several months or even a year to East Asia. We shall see! At present, Scotland seems to overshadow any real passion to travel abroad. Perhaps the LORD is trying to tell me something.

Health

It is a fantastic feeling to see your personal health return to a level of normality. Living with a physical thorn in the flesh is certainly a game-changer, but I know my limits. It’s also one major reason, why I don’t feel I can commit to overseas mission, purely for the sake of my health. At least the LORD has instilled in my heart, a passion to serve and build for His Kingdom here in Scotland.

I am now doing regular exercise. My body is God’s temple, which I cannot afford to deflect or be complacent with.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV)

I strive to run three times each week, and I also do some light weight training. I have indeed trimmed down in weight, which I hope to maintain thereafter. I still eat like a horse, but it’s nice to involve some cardio exercise and get the heart pumping – and breathe in the fresh oxygen to the brain.

Actually, I am content I no longer work in an IT office. There will always be a huge demand for people in IT, and the salary may be ludicrous in certain industries, but it will rapidly kill your health. Work part-time, or as a consultant, or freelancer if you are able. Your body will thank you in the long-term.

Job

At the end of August 2013, I had to let go of my part-time work, as the Company wouldn’t accommodate the change of days I needed to continue my part-time studies with Cornhill. I know the underlying issues as to why, which I shall avoid sharing publicly. The French phrase, “C’est la vie” comes to mind.

I am still keen to explore an opportunity to pursue contractual work as a freelance graphic artist and web designer. Curiously, I have lost the passion that I had, but I am interested to see if the LORD will re-ignite the creative passion to pull in a source of income, while I continue my part-time studies at Cornhill. I know my market, as to target the right businesses who have the money to spend the justified money towards a project. I may be young, but I am certainly not stupid to work for very little. My problem is that you need to be a complete big-head to secure contracts. People in business tend to exaggerate numbers and services, even though they live in a false world of make belief. And since when do honest people succeed in business anyway? Notice the dilemma here?

Hence this growing call to pastoral ministry. Nor do I see work as a pastor a job, but a vocation. To me, I see a role in pastoral ministry a calling to serve and build for the Kingdom of God until He calls me home. I truly desire to see a revival across this land, across the British Isles, especially in Scotland. And so far, opportunities and doors outside Scotland is closed shut. I have pleaded with the LORD that I would only pursue a call to pastoral ministry, if He would provide me with a Godly Christian wife – and I am not afraid to keep walking forward, even if I am still a single bachelor.

~Richard