I have always hated the question, “So, what do you do?” It’s as if we try to size people up by their profession and activity. Or maybe this has just been a thorn in my side because since I can remember I’ve never known what I “wanted to do.” I couldn’t pick just one thing to become.
This presented a problem as I went off to college. Do I become a veterinarian, photographer, writer, journalist . . . you see my dilemma? Unknown to me at the time, I’d soon become a military wife, homemaker, mother, and business owner. The questions of “what do you do” would still flood in and still there was no concrete answer.
I’m not sure where or when this world decided we needed to be about “one thing” and that that one thing would define who we are.
For years I’ve been frustrated with these thoughts. I really thought as I got older I’d know who I am and what I do. I just knew I’d be able to put it in one neat little sentence to share at dinner parties when others asked that much dreaded question. But nothing has changed over the decades of my life.
Recently I received a jury summons in the mail. My daughter (the RN) was helping me fill out the required information. And of course, five questions into the questionnaire it asks “what do you do.” I told my daughter you tell me, thinking I’d get a clue to what others thought I do or who I am.
Her exact words, “Mom, I don’t know what to write. Do I put that you’re an author, blogger, ministry leader for outreach, property manager, or a photographer?”
And that dear SHE friends was the day I decided to start a community where women could be themselves. Their multi-faceted, talented, awesome selves!
I’m not sure if you’re Christian or even familiar with the Bible, but if you are you know that the Proverbs 31 woman is the girl many point to as a successful woman. I really want you to pause for a moment and read this passage about her. Seriously, stop and read it. You can find it here.
Do you think she had trouble answering the question, “what do you do?” Seriously, I don’t even think she thought about it. She just woke early each morning knowing what she needed to do and what she was talented enough to do.
After years of struggling with this all too often lived-out scenario, the scripture Colossians 3:17 stopped me in my tracks one day.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Whatever you do. Whatever I do. Whatever SHE does.
You and I have been given so many talents. May we not waste a one, but grow it to be fruitful and glorify God.
Yes, that’s exactly what SHE does. She follows her many passions and glorifies God along the way.
I hope you will join in for the encouraging journey ahead as we choose to chase whole-heartedly after our passions and dreams. Sign up for updates and encouragement for your journey here.