Why leave when you’re happy where you are? That is the question I have heard most in this process of moving across the country to plant a church. And it’s a great question. One that we have asked of ourselves and one we would encourage others to ask.
So let me give you three answers to the question, Why leave when you’re happy where you are.
1) Happiness where you are is not the only indicator of where you should be.
Of course it is nice to be happy where God has put you and if you are where God has placed you there will be happiness experienced there. But liking where you are does not mean you should never leave. And if you are a follower of Christ you must be glad this is true. After all were not some of our heroes of the faith content, happy where they were before God moved them? Was Paul bitter about what he was doing before God led him to something totally new? He tells us in Philippians 3 that he was “zealous” about what he was doing before he surrendered to the calling of God.
2) What God wants to do through you is different than what he is currently doing. You may be extremely happy where you are but God is calling you to something else, not because it is better, but it is just a different calling. Ultimately we are called to love people and make disciples but where and how we do that may change during different seasons of our life. It is important to be willing to serve God, no matter where he asks you to do that.
3) You are needed more somewhere else.
It is a great thing to be able to walk away from a ministry when it is healthy and thriving and able to continue to grow thanks to the time and work you have put in. When this is the case it gives you the freedom leave something healthy to go to a place where there is a need.
Leaving is not always easy, but sometimes it is necessary. And when God is the one directing a move, you will always be thankful that you were obedient, no matter where you find yourself.