This week we continue our series Finding Joy In Our Journey by looking at another key aspect of life, “Activity.”
I believe we are created by our Creator to create! Think of it, we build skyscrapers, beautiful art, sing complicated multi-layered songs, Internets/Tech everything, revolutionizing medicine, exploring space, design clothes, play sports, and on and on and on. We love games, hiking, learning, building relationships, family, community… again, we are “doing” things all the time because we are human beings created to “do” things.
Compelled By What We Are Designed To Accomplish
My partner’s daughter loves to sing. She sings and sings… and sings… then sings some more. She has done that her whole life. Her voice is beautiful and her attitude is fearless. From an early age, it is obvious that she is a natural singer and loves to sing. At 11 years old, she beams with joy when she sings well in front of a crowd or in the back seat of the car with her favorite P!nk song. She loves knowing that she is living out part of who she has been created to be. She enjoys a sense of accomplishment when freely expressing her gift and having others receive that gift.
We are all the same way. We all have passions and talents that compel us toward specific activities. We engage those activities to accomplish something of personal importance and, hopefully, for the greater good.
Embracing what we are compelled to do, learning to do that well, finding its value for us personally and for the greater good, makes us a better version of ourselves. We are manifesting another aspect of what gives us life and brings beauty to others.
The Reality Of Activity
Currently, the job description that pays my bills isn’t exactly what I would call my “passion.” It’s very technical and while I am good at it because technical stuff has always been an interest, my passion is people. So even though, my current state at work is not where I want to be for the rest of my life, it is necessary, important for this season in life, and I am grateful. That said, because I do know my passion and take personal responsibility for bringing it to whatever my circumstances happen to be, I frequently mentor new trainees. I help them with how to handle customers with respect, value, empathy and to do the job with excellence.
Even when our circumstance seems to not line up with where we might think we ought to be for the best expression of ourselves, that’s not true. While it’s never a bad thing to keep our eyes open for better opportunities, if you know what you are naturally compelled toward, embrace it, take personal responsibility for its stewardship, there will always be an opportunity for a sense of accomplishment.
Don’t give up and keep your eyes open!
For the longest time, I thought I was called to ministry. I felt like I was living out that “calling” fully and completely. That I would be in that particular place for the rest of my life. I was even ordained! This feeling of accomplishment vanished 5 years ago when I laid myself off as a part of closing down Exodus International and three years ago when I came out.
I believe my passions and gifts are true, I am called to help and care for others but for a long time those passions and gifts, while natural and something I refined and learned more about, were misdirected. While it is true that innate good cannot be squashed, who I am as a “caregiver” wasn’t fully realized in that context either. In fact, I believe now that the best expression of what I am created to do was very limited and stunted.
It has been a scary adventure to do a complete career change and to go from living a celibate life for decades to being a partner of a man with an 11-year-old daughter. However, at this stage in life holding on to a core understanding of how I was created to create has kept me grounded and focused. While the career and familial titles have and are changing, my core sense of being is more solid than ever. My passions are much more empowered and clear. This experience has proven to me that who we truly are and how we are wired transcends environment and circumstance. It is the ongoing journey and activity that empowers the manifestation of life, beauty, and accomplishment.
How Do You Do You?
So, what are your passions and gifts? What is it you would like to do? Can you see how the general principles of your gifts and passions can manifest in any circumstance? These may seem like abstract concepts but they become solid life-giving anchors once realized and embraced. It is my hope that as you think through, or affirm what you have already discovered, that you are filled with peace and joy.
Note: Next week we will tackle another one of the five key aspects of life, “Legacy.” Click here to see other posts in the series.
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