Something I think about quite often is my “dream job”. I was reminded of this again when Paula blogged on this same topic the other day. When we were younger, we drew pictures, wrote stories and poems, and dreamed about the answer to the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I assure you I never ONCE answered, “CPA! Bring on the taxes!”
I dreamed of being a figure skater (Kristi Yamaguchi was big back then), writer, singer/songwriter, FBI agent (sidenote: ideally, I would love to do what Jennifer Garner/Sydney Bristow did in Alias…minus killing people), doctor, lawyer, and more I’m sure.
Oftentimes I think we get caught up in what our purpose is for life, and are quick to associate that with our job or profession. I mean, why not right? We spend 8+ hours in the office each day…or we spend 8+ hours running kids around…(or 8+ hours wishing we could do the other!) I especially thought about this a lot when we read The Purpose Driven Life. I remember being so upset because I believed I wasn’t living my life to the fullest and achieving my maximum potential.
I would say, “How can God’s plan for my life include accounting?? I didn’t even want to major in this stupid subject. It stresses me out, half my colleagues spend more time at work than with their families, and I am not fulfilled while doing it.”
It took a wise man to make me realize that our job is just that. Our job. It’s what we do during the day to support ourselves and our family. People have always had them. Perhaps they weren’t always in air conditioned office buildings…but they’ve always been there. Whether you’re the village berry picker or the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, you’re doing what you do to make a living. I try to tell myself that nobody really wants to work.
(And another sidenote: if y’all are ALL for that, let me know)
But when you really get down to the purpose for your life, it becomes a bit more difficult. God has blessed each of us with different strengths and talents. How can we take these and apply them to our walk with God? Apply them to our daily ministry with others? Heck if I’ve figured it out. And perhaps our purpose evolves over our lifetime. Maybe my purpose right now is to learn as much as I can…and my purpose in 5 years is to apply what I know to help train my children to become disciples of Him…and my purpose in 5 more years is…
For a planner like me, separating profession and purpose is all well and good…but how can I combine the two? So this gets me back to “my dream job”. Defined as “what I’d most want to do if given the opportunity, with the right doors opened”
Welp, you guessed it.
Books, magazine articles, devotionals, reviews (i.e. movies, books, restaurants)…whatever! I would love to do it. Problem is, my accounting degrees don’t give a strong foundation for a writing/editorial career. And I’m not going back to school.
So for now, I blog.
Just food for thought!