by Jane Daly
“To whom much is given, much is required.” Luke 12:48
This Scripture verse carries more truth than one might think. Jesus was teaching His disciples to be ready for His glorious return, but the verse can also be applied to our lives today.
As I grew from childhood to adulthood, my parents increased my weekly allowance, but also gave me more responsibility around the house. When I earned my driver’s license, I had to put gas in the family car if I wanted to drive it. I moved into an apartment and I had to budget my income to pay rent on time or risk my roommate kicking me out.
During my career in banking, I rose from teller to new accounts representative to manager to business development officer. Each increase in responsibility brought an increase in my salary. I earned the title of Vice President by working hard, meeting goals, and encouraging my staff to succeed. My salary was enviable and quarterly bonuses made my hard work worthwhile.
Until it didn’t.
I was burned out.
A close friend’s death on the anniversary of my son’s death sent me into a downward spiral of panic and depression.
After a time of prayer and reflection, I realized it was time to quit. To walk away from my cushy salary and say goodbye to goal pressure.
Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV).
When I laid all my angst before God, I took time to really listen for an answer. I heard Him say, “You’re done there.”
My heart felt light when I considered what that meant. I realized (again) how faithful God is to His Word. I found a job in banking with almost no stress and in a fun workplace. I gave up money but gained so much more.
Jane Daly is the author of three books, Because of Grace, A Mother’s Journey From Grief to Hope (Hallway 2016) and The Caregiving Season (Focus on the Family 2018). The Girl in the Cardboard Box will release June 2021 (Elk Lake Publishing). She responds to email at Jane@JaneSDaly.com. You can also visit her at www.JaneSDaly.com, www.facebook.com/janedalyspeakerandauthor, @queenjanedaly.