Hello, people, this is my first post on this site, it's been nice meeting you all. To be honest, I'm not actually a Witness, but I do enjoy reading your magazines and bible studies. On an issue of Awake! magazine (forgot what month, year) I read an article about the love of money, and its potential risks. The article opened with a question, asking if you were suddenly very rich, what would you do. "Take up a career that you really enjoy?". However, I've read several other articles on that issue and others, featuring people who gave up their lifelong career and personal goals and dreams to become a Jehovah's Witness. I know that God should come first, and there is great joy in preaching His word, but I can't help but wonder if, as they grow older, they ever feel an emptiness inside them, the kind that one gets when he realizes the better part of his life has passed, and he has not achieved his strongest dreams and goals. For example, suppose a man has prepared for years, or even decades, for a career that he enjoyed above all else, getting the necessary education, certifications, and research, and finally is within days of starting that job. But a family emergency at the last moment means he has to take care of an ill family member (for example; I do not by any mens relate to any real person), and that demands too much time for him to successfully pursue his career. He grudgingly takes another job to pay the bills, hoping that it'll only be several more years before he can pursue his dream again. But because of numerous family-related problems causing delays, he dies without ever doing what he really loved. I have read in some articles about people in a similar situation (being a preacher in the name of their deity or something of the sort), that takes too much time for them to sucessfully pursue their previous or planned career.
I am 15 years old and in my Grade 10 (sophmore) year in high school. A couple of years ago, I knew that I wanted to be an airplane pilot. It was my dream to fly. Right away, I started reviewing manuals, magazines and books, researching the necessary certifications, and practicing on simulators. I know that in Canada, one can start actual flight training at age 16, but have decided to finish my education first before I start that, meaning 2 more years of high school, then 4-6 years of university. Which means I would have to wait until I'm around 25 before I can finally actually work towards that goal (after certification it takes several more years of airline training). I would be devestated if something unexpected happens that will demand too much of my time to work towards that goal.
After reading the above examples, I hope you will be able to answer: is there not a way that one can balance his spirtual, personal, and family needs?
I would really appreciate a response, and thank you all for taking the time to read this.