Education/Career Faith

Judgment Day

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MW Editor’s Note: Mentoring Warriors welcomes Adam Lutes as a guest author. Adam lays out for us his story of the job hunt and how trusting God through it got him to where he is today. Perhaps your career journey has a similar story.

November 16th 2023… Judgment Day. This not only was a day that would mark a new era in the Lutes household but a new era in my life in many facets.

The smell of cauterized flesh and the discomfort of surgery clung to me as I walked out of the doctor’s office. My phone started to rumble in my pocket as I trudged across the waiting room and out the front door. “This is Adam” I replied as I answered. 

Normally I would not take such a call, but at this point in my life, I had been working with a real estate investment start-up company that was struggling to make it. Projecting our finances, My family had enough money in the bank to get us through December.

“Hello, this is Adam Gragg with Decide Your Legacy.” I heard on the other line. Finally, I got a callback, finally, I got noticed, finally one of the thousands of applications (maybe a little hyperbole) that I sent out was seen and I was noticed for being of some value.

Now, a little bit before all of this, I was contacted by a major aerospace company. They needed people. I interviewed with them a week prior. Knowing that finances were very tight and that the aerospace company would not hire me until after the new year (in 2024). On this brisk November day, God had placed in motion for me to make the hardest decision of my life.

Even through the months leading up to this, God provided. He placed people in our lives to get groceries for us as a family, gift cards, and even offered us cash to help us out, knowing that our family’s current revenue was almost non-existent. We stored up our reserves and are scraping at the bottom of the barrel. Adam extended an offer to me for a position to start in December.. He was upfront and let me know the pay rate. Not what I wanted and even a little bit less than what I was supposed to make with the startup real estate company. Two days before Christmas I received an offer for a position with the aerospace company.

For three months I felt like a failure and an undesirable, talentless hire that has failed my family and made poor financial decisions. I am now faced with 2 options.

  1. Remain with Adam with Decide Your Legacy
  2. Make almost double the money and enter the aerospace industry

My response was to promise a deadline for my decision, pray that God would make things clear, and talk things over with my wife, family, and people I trust. Everything pointed to accepting the aerospace money and benefits. Take the pay bump and the future opportunities that the position can and will lead to. Get the job that you so desperately want that will make the opportunities of life easier.

This festered on my mind, but the decision was never made clear. Back and forth the talks I would have with my wife would go. We prayed over the situation and asked for God to bring peace into our lives. There was no peace. I would talk to Adam about the decisions and I broke down crying over the phone. I would get looks from my family and friends that would say “you are going to take the aerospace job… right?” Adding the speculation that I am crazy that if I turn down the money.

The evening before I was to make my decision, my wife looked at me and said, “I think we both know that you need to take the job with Decide Your Legacy.” Then the passage in Exodus 16 came to mind. God provides the Israelites with quail and manna to eat.

Exodus 16: 19-20

19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.

God was answering our prayers and letting us know that, I needed to trust him. God was saying that He wanted me to also know that He has meaning and plans for me working at Decide Your Legacy. I needed to trust him with the things in life that he has given me. That my career would be built on His leading and Direction. That what I wanted to achieve, would be subjected to God’s will and that I would be humble and trust and know that God will provide. Like he always does. Like he did with providing me a wife, health, children, friends, finances, ministry and now He will do it again with work.

Adam Lutes

Adam Lutes is currently the Operations Manager for Decide Your Legacy. He has a passion for God, leadership, music, hockey, animals and is in the constant pursuit of knowledge and exploration. He is an encyclopedia of useless factoids. If he is not engaged with his family or any of his passions, there is a good chance that he is asking something like; do penguins have knees?

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