Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Blue Line of Faith

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 ESV

In 2008, while working what I thought was my dream job in sports journalism, I got a phone call no one wants to get. It was from a nameless suit who flew out here from Seattle, a vice president for the company that owned my TV station. He called me to say that my entire department was being shut down and that we are all being laid off. I'm not going to lie, I was pretty irate. I was the type of person who always showed up early, stayed late and volunteered to do things I knew I didn't have the time for, but that needed to get done. I always expected that if I did the right things as an employee, my employers would benefit and provide protection for me when these kinds of things happened. It was a big wake up call to know that I was not an employee but a salary and one that was dispensable.

After being laid off I found myself floating from job to job and from profession to profession. When my wife and I joined BUMC I was probably at the lowest in my working life. I really couldn't stand what I was doing and more importantly where I was working. I also felt like I was put here to do something better- to make a difference in peoples' lives and provide the ability to help those that can't help themselves.

I recently completed a very difficult six-month academy to become a member of the law enforcement community. During this time I relied heavily on my faith to be able to ensure that I was putting myself in the best position for both me and my family.

There's great relief in knowing that my prayers have been answered and I have the ability to start something that I should've done ten years ago. It's also an unbelievable feeling knowing that when you put your faith in something very important, and spend the time doing the right things, it works out. It works out all the time. It was awesome to see faith and prayer work on this scale with so many layers.

I spent a good time of the Academy talking to my mom through prayer, at her grave site and before every exam. I just wanted her give me the ability to use my knowledge. to keep me safe from injury and give me a chance to get hired by agency. And most importantly, pass the Academy and pass the POST exam. This may sound selfish, I know, but it really helped me to feel good about what I was doing. Plus, it was nice to have her along for the ride.

I relied on her and my faith a lot these last six months. I'm going to rely on them again to help me going forward - to keep me safe and to come home every night to my family. I'm also going to heavily rely on my connection with BUMC and with my friends in my community of the church.

I'm not sure I could've done this without a number of things, most importantly, my wife, Cristen. Without her I don't think I could've been able to do the things that were required to be successful in the Academy. Another, is my faith in my community and my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I called on Him and my mom before every hurdle I faced. And they delivered.

"The two most important days in your life are the day you're born...and the day you find out why"

- Mark Twain

Eric is a Colorado native who loves to spend time with his family and (self admittedly) gets way too absorbed in the Broncos.  He says that BUMC has been a wonderful addition to their lives and he looks forward to the future with the community.

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