Much of the twenty years Gunny served in the Marines, he was managing (and mentoring) young men in a shop that tested and repaired helicopter parts. And during that time he got his degree in business and finance with the plan to use his degree to get a job after the Marines. When he retired after 20 years, he took a job as a manager with a roofing manufacturer, and his favorite part of that job was that he did safety training for employee’s at the company’s plants all over the country. He really enjoyed that job, but he worked long hours, traveled alot, and he spent almost three hours commuting every day. So, last year he started looking around for what he could do closer to home. And when he really thought about it, he realized that what he had enjoyed most in the Marines was working with and teaching young Marines. And in his civilian job, what he had enjoyed most was training people. So, he contacted Troops to Teachers and they directed him on the path to getting the training and licensing to become a math (a subject he loves) teacher. He has just become a high school math teacher in Tulsa and is excited about teaching. I can imagine that if you had said to that young Marine all those years ago that someday he would be a high school math teacher, he would have said, “No way!” But apparently God had a plan for him to teach teenagers to not be afraid of math and maybe even come to love it as he does. And God used his other jobs to prepare him for what I think is going to turn out to be his dream job.
DD was downsized from a very good position as VP of Human Resources with a furniture company last year. And even though she has diligently sent out resumes and done interviews, she still hasn’t found a job. But we are proud of how she has handled these trying times. She is trusting in the Lord to show her what her next job will be. In the meantime, she is coaching club volleyball, and enjoying it. Who knows what job is in DD’s future. But we too are trusting that at some point God will show her the perfect job for her, the one He has prepared her for with all the other jobs and experiences she has had up to now.