How I Made The Painful Decision To Quit

I have quit my job and I am actually walking away from my family’s business.  Even as I type this, I get emotional at the thought of it.  In my entire life, I have only had one job outside of our family business – waiting tables the summer after college.  Now, I have made the decision to take a new path and I can tell you…it is a thrilling (and scary) path!

Following God

Setting The Stage

In order to properly set the stage for all that has transpired, I want to go back a few years. It was in 2003 when God first got my attention with the idea of operating our business from an eternal perspective.  It had never crossed my mind before, but this idea penetrated and captured my heart at that moment.  I was hooked!

Since that time, I have attempted to operate our family business in a way that honors God and points others to Him (adding silhouettes!).  Since 2011, I have documented here many of the bumps and bruises we have experienced along the way, but I have had the opportunity to share some incredible victories as well!  God has done much work in and through our business over these last 15 years.

A New Desire

Over the most recent few years, a desire has begun to grow inside of me.  This desire is to show other business owners and leaders how to do the same thing in their businesses.  This blog has been part of that journey, but the desire has grown beyond even this medium.

During this time, I have found myself searching out and volunteering for speaking and teaching engagements.  I have started writing short ebooks.  I have seized opportunities to coach and mentor other business leaders, both younger and older.  Whenever I had the chance to speak into the life of another business leader, I took it!

From Adding To Multiplying

My passion has moved from “adding silhouettes” (souls impacted for eternity) to multiplying them.  God has put this fire in me and I have done everything I could find to do that would quench this desire.  If left unchecked, I would have been fine with continuing on this same path for years to come.

God had different plans.

I received a call back in October.  A friend on the other end of the call asked if I would be willing to listen to an opportunity he felt God was leading him to share with me.  In case you missed my last post, it was that experience that has caused me to always listen to discern if God is speaking.  I told my friend I would hear him out.

The short version of this opportunity is that my friend was working with a non-profit ministry that was looking for a CEO.  The ministry is called His Way At Work and its mission is to inspire and help business owners put God at the center of their workplace and care for people as He does – all to create eternal value!  The more I listened to him describe the mission, the more excited I got.

The Decision Process

Over the following months, my wife and I fasted and prayed like never before.  Our prayer was that God would make it more than clear to us that He was in this.  For us to be willing to sell everything, leave our extended families, and walk away from the family business, we had to remove ALL doubts.  If not, we wanted no part of it.

At each step in the process, God went overboard and showed us that He was driving.  He could not have been more convincing without sending Gabriel to tell us!  At some point later, I may describe all that happened, but for now, just know God overcame our doubts.  He convinced us He was leading us to leave the comforts of our current lives to follow Him on this new path.

New Future

We said “Yes” to the offer to come on board with His Way At Work and we are now in the process of moving our family to Spartanburg, South Carolina where the ministry is headquartered.

It is now the beginning of February and I have been on the job for two weeks!  I am still transitioning out of my position with the family auto business, so I have not yet been able to fully engage in the work.  Even so, I am loving all that I am seeing!  This new role is definitely a good fit for me and I am excited to charge into it with all of my energy!

What About The Blog?

There is one question that I want to address before I close.  What will happen to Christian Faith At Work – will it continue?

The answer…I am not sure!  In some way, I plan to integrate this blog into my efforts at His Way At Work.  I just do not yet have clarity on how that will look.  If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, I welcome your feedback!  I will stay in touch and keep you updated on what is transpiring.

Thank you for your support!

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  • Robert Boone

    Hallelujah for the leap of Faith you and your family have taken. When God directs the path and lights that path one step at a time, obedience is the right choice. I have been missing the Christian Faith at work blog over the past few weeks and therefore, the Lord will show you a way to incorporate this blog into your mission field – it seems so appropriately related. Whatever the decision on the blog, prayers will continue for you, your family, and the businesses you have influenced for eternal purposes. Your blogs have been a source of inspiration and help in a struggling business opportunity that is now turning the corner to success to the glory of our Lord. Thank you!

  • Shirley and I will pray for you, your family and for your ministry.

  • Eric Finchum

    Chris, AMEN, AMEN , AMEN! While I do hope that your insight in this blog, or a similar one, will continue, I applaud you for listening to that “still small voice” I too, with much the same intense prayer and support of my wife, stepped down from a very comfortable executive role to refocus my life on service to others. While my leap did not have any promises on the other side in this vocation, I am filled with passion, joy and hope that God’s plan in our journey will be be super abundantly fulfilled with joy when he reveals my next responsibility.

    Stay the course! Let HIM enter your boat! Peace be with you!

  • Rajeev

    Hallelujah !! Praise The Lord !!

  • WCHensel

    Happy for you, Chris, and thankful for all you’ve poured forth in this forum through years of obedience, and like others, I’ll be praying with Jesus as He intercedes for you and His work through your new vocational chapter. In retrospect, it often becomes clear that the decision that seemed to momentous and risky was overwhelmingly preferable to any other course of action. Anyway, I wish you Godspeed and Christ’s peace as you and your loved ones continue down this next pathway. May this be the most godly and fulfilling chapter of your life and vocation so far.

  • Tim Byrd

    Congratulations Chris!! What a great feeling to be tapped by God in an obvious fashion like this. Great things are happening. God is on the move.