I am 33 years old and have a very dificult decision to make regarding a recent career change and am looking for some guidance from the church before making a final decision. Here's my dilemma:
I have 3 children and a wife (stay at home mom) to support and could not make enough money at my previous job which I held for 3 years, and could barely pay the bills. This job also made me unhappy but It may have been a result of not making enough money. A few months ago, I went out looking for a better job and found a VERY good job with much better pay and benefits. --Seems pretty easy so far right? :)
I am finding at this new job, I feel over my head and have to spend all of my free time studying and am not confident that i will be able to be successful at it as of now.
My previous employer has offered my old postion back to me with a raise almost equivilant to my current salary. It would be enough to live on but the benefits are not as nice.
I have tried talking this over with my wife, but all she wants me to do is stay at the better company and does not understand why this is a difficult decision for me.
If I can succeed at this new job, it will allow me to be a better provider and give me self confidence which i currently lack. If I cannot do this job and end up getting terminated or moved to a different position It will be VERY hard to get another job that pays comparably right now. We would find ourselves in a bad spot.
I have to give an answer to my previous employer in the next couple of days.
So the dilemma is -- Do I take a chance on the new opportunity (which is a good one) while risking the security of my family or do I go back to the previous employer?
I welcome any knowledge / advice from the church as well as "What I would do is" answers.