Truth be told, I have completed my degree and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up…
I know, I know. Too late, I’ve already grown up. I already have a job, a husband, and a family. However, since I was a little girl I can remember being asked the question,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
You know, my answer changed a lot throughout the years and keeps on changing. I wanted to be an Artist, a lawyer, a counselor, a seamstress, etc. Undoubtedly, I have always referred to that one saying… how does it go?
“Jack of all trades, master of none…” ?
I spent a whole lot of time trying to think about what ONE thing I wanted to do or be, and had a feeling that something was missing, only to find that this is not really what life is all about for me.
I once read an article that talked about how there are phrases we have been saying wrong all along. One of those phrases that was listed (and although I’m not sure how accurate it is, it really made me think) was the phrase above, “Jack of all trades, master of none… I found that it was an incomplete phrase that continued:
“…but oftentimes better than a master of one”
And although I know this isn’t true for everyone, it rings true for me. I love to do and have done SO MANY things. I’ve recorded a CD. Sang in front of large crowds, played an instrument with a team. I’ve taught many subjects such as ART, MUSIC, ENGLISH, SPANISH, SOCIOLOGY (yeah, I don’t even know), HEALTH, BIBLE, GOVERNMENT, HISTORY <–not my strong suit. I’ve been to other countries and done missions. I’ve done radio announcements. I’ve counseled people. I’ve worked in financial administration, on an assembly line for all kinds of machine parts, I’ve worked in the vegetable fields and in motels. I’ve taught sunday school classes and been a youth pastor. I’ve even taught a small group of little girls ballet WHILE 8 MONTHS PREGNANT– – –sorry girls, no pliés.
Oh my goodness. I could continue but I’m not writing an extensive résumé here.
Simply this: I am coming to the realization that I must stop striving to be that ONE thing that makes me happy. There is happiness when I look back and realize all I have done and still have ahead of me to do.
Tomorrow, I’m a secretary. What exactly does the rest of my future hold? Wow, I hope that there are many more adventures for me to be a part of. I can’t wait to add them to my list!
I kind of feel sorry for those people who get stuck in a boring day-to-day job for the rest of their lives, with no connection with the outside world. I love my current job as it truly gives me so many opportunities to try new things and meet new people all the time. I work at a church and am involved in ministry. Somehow, being in ministry and being led by God day by day seems to really be so much more exciting. I thank him for every opportunity.
I now know that because of every single opportunity I have had in my life, I am who I am, I can do what I can do, and now… I am ready for more!
Live life to the fullest and give God all the glory!
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
That being said. I still have so much to do, so much to learn! We should always have a learning attitude. I want to be more and more each day of who God wants me to be. I can only do this by listening to Him every day and allowing change to happen in my life. It can be hard and uncomfortable change, but in retrospect it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT and there are so many adventures along the way!
What have you done in your lifetime? Have you ever sat down and really thought about it? Try listing some of your life’s “trades”! You may be surprised. And if you can’t think of much, maybe it’s time to find a church to get connected to and involved with and allow God to use you to be a light in someone else’s life.