Recently, I quit my job of 11 years and became self-employed, using a combination of experiences from that and other jobs as well as the skills I’ve developed on the side to become a consultant and freelancer. This change represents years of preparing and months of planning and seems to be the perfect alignment of my talents and dreams.

In talking about this transition with friends and family, many have suggested that I should have done this years ago. It’s tempting to think I could have. But as I take inventory of my talents and circumstances, and remember how different this dream once looked, clearly now is the time. Not then.

My work transition reminds me of David, the man after God’s own heart, who first learned he was to be the next king of Israel while he was tending sheep. In hindsight, we find it easy to imagine David dreaming of being the king of Israel, and it’s obvious to us that his days leading and defending the flock were an obvious training ground.