Wednesday, November 9

Jill Of All Trades

"I believe it's never too early - or too late - to start asking the questions: "What is it that really absorbs me? And what am I uniquely suited to being able to contribute to both my life and the lives of others? - and then to have the courage, patience, and persistence to act on the answers as if your life depends on it. Because, in a very real sense it does." - author Andy Griffith in I Believe This.
I used to believe only those who really understood themselves were happy. Those were the people who had chosen a set career, a great school, or married into wealth! These thoughts were recently brought back to the front of my mind when today in chapel
Jason Clapp talked about being a "Jack of all trades, and master of none". It was wonderful to hear the experiences of someone else with many interests, but apparently no niche. I, like him enjoy lots of different things. Cooking has always been a passion, but would I enjoy doing it for a job and for pleasure...Probably not. So I've kept it as a hobby. I also love singing and leading worship. As a career...No thanks, praise would be a job, not a joy. I was definitely fascinated when Steve tried to teach me what he knew about photography and developing, but do I do it now? No, I have the intent to, but haven't been out to shoot in a long time. What do I want to do? Nothing in particular, and everything in general. I would love to learn sign language! To be able to communicate in this way just silences me. It is such a beautiful form of communication. I also want to write better. I know this is not something that comes easily, because it takes work to translate my thoughts into words. I also want to paint, with watercolours. However, this takes patience and inspiration. Perhaps I am afraid to try, in case I fail.

Even though I am about to receive a Masters degree, I don't feel like I've mastered anything. But this is ok. I believe this is more
advantageous.In these small ways I'll have more opportunity to connect with more people because of my varied interests. I guess all I can do is to follow my whims, knowing they will surely lead someplace delightful, and who knows I may find that special talent made just for me.


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*Heathluvsing* said...

Mere, what an awesome insight! Even sometimes when you know what you want to do in life (worship pastor) it doesn't always mean that God wants you to do it. If I wasn't gifted in teaching than I probably wouldn't have a back up plan. In some ways, its good to have many giftings.

In the church people either think you should be good at all things or they think you should be perfect at one thing. God made us a certain way for a reason. Perhaps if we were good at everything we wouldn't commit to the one thing he wanted for us. I believe He equips us for a reason. Even when I can't personally see why I have a music degree right now when I am not using it, I trust God that He will show me the reason why He opened the door for me to do that.

I miss you by the way! I think the Lord might be calling you to Roaonoke!! It is going to be 70 degrees and its November! I love the south!

Keep in touch!

*Heathluvsing* said...

Plus I need an interior decorator for my new house! We find out Monday if it will be still available and if we can put an offer down! Its over 2000 square feet! Its really big and nice...built in 1999!

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