It was the interview that went. I wouldn’t say it went well. I wouldn’t say it went poorly. It just went. Four years ago I sat in a well-known judge’s chambers and spoke with him about my career. It was an informational interview for a position, but took an unexpected turn when he learned one thing about me: the fact that I was a devoted Christian who had aspirations to one day become a pastor. I remember it like it was yesterday. We spent about ten minutes talking about my accolades, schools I attended, and my prior experience. Everything seemed to be going well. Then he asked about my career aspirations. I was honest. Practicing law was secondary to ministry. Then he said it: “You aren’t some kind of religious nut or something, are you?”
In this moment I had a choice. I could (1) downplay my spirituality in order to have a better chance at securing the position or (2) affirm his assertion and raise a potential “red flag” in his mind. So I did it. “I live my life according to the Word of God. I am a follower of Jesus and am unashamedly dedicated to Him. So if that makes me a religious nut…yes sir, I am.” Needless to say, the interview didn’t last much longer after that. We wrapped things up and he escorted me out of his office. I wouldn’t hear from him again.
Four years later, I realize how much my dedication to being unashamed to be who I am has blessed me. I didn’t get that position, but it served as a catalyst for me to apply for, and attend, seminary. I didn’t get that position, but I got a better position when I moved to California making much more than I would have made in his chambers. I didn’t get that position, but I was blessed with a beautiful wife and baby because I remained steadfast in my dedication to Christ. Some may want to separate their faith and their profession, but I have a hard time doing so. I don’t consider myself a Christian attorney. Rather, I am a Christian who just happens to practice law. I am a follower of Jesus first. Everything else must fall in line.
So I wanted to thank that judge. It’s crazy how naysayers can propel you into your destiny without knowing they’ve done so. Looking back on it, I can say one thing for sure. I’m pretty satisfied with the interview…that went.