Payne got fired from his job at a sports medicine clinic after asking for a raise and became very angry and resentful, blaming everyone but himself, in his words. But that Sunday at church he learned a lesson about contentment that turned his life around. Payne went a year without a job, living on $900 a month, but he said they never fell behind on any payments and God always provided.
“We’ve learned to trust God and whatever happens, we just turn it over to Him,” Payne said. “He tells us not to worry, to just lay it at His feet and He’ll take care of it. That doesn’t mean you won’t go through trails, but He’ll take care of it. God is a sovereign God and He’s in control of everything. “
The family spent the next few years moving from place to place: to Las Colinas and then Abilene. Payne would lose jobs by no fault of his own, but keep the faith and God would open new doors for him. He continued to listen closely to the council of pastors and mentors at each church his family attended
Finally, he felt led to return to his first job out of college in high school athletic training and applied to schools in Uvalde, Fort Stockton and, of course, Mineral Wells. After interviews at the first two schools, Payne and his wife didn’t believe either felt right.
So, on the way home from Fort Stockton, Payne asked God to forgive him for being selfish and prayed that Mineral Wells would call about a job. Lo and behold, when he got home someone from Mineral Wells High School had left a message, not five minutes after Payne had said the prayer on the road. He knew at once that God was moving his family to Mineral Wells.