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Finding Your Passion: What do you do?

May 6, 2016

What do you do? I don't mean the opening question at a party which is followed up by "accounting,” or “I'm a mom, I raise kids”. What do you really do? For most of my life I would answer that as my occupation, give a vague reference to my college major, or list out my tasks from the previous week. I don't do that anymore.

Now I tend to think about it in a much deeper way. For me, the older I get the more value I place on my time and the better I get at determining just what is valuable after all.

In A Purpose Driven Life, the author Rick Warren conveys the idea that God has something unique for you, and you alone, to do. And it gets worse. If you don’t do this thing, it simply won’t get done. No pressure there! Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Love it.

So if you plan to turn your attention to finding the calling in your life, may I submit that you already know the answer. I think we all do. It just may be buried deep under to-do lists, conference calls and packing lunches.

Let’s start with what I’ve learned the hard way, and what you probably already know. It doesn’t have to be your occupation or even where you spend most of your time. It’s almost never what society will tell you is valuable, or what will bring you fame and fortune. That would simply be too easy.

For me (and maybe just me) I found my calling in what I never tire of doing. What my mind returns to, over and over, despite all obstacles. It’s what tied together my crazy attributes, which some found annoying and others envied. It’s what made me unique, in my own weird way. It’s also a path that, once I started down, resulted in doors flung open and guideposts aplenty.

I certainly know that helping pets is on the “to do” list of every Comfort for Critters volunteer. So it might just be your calling as well. Or maybe not. Maybe there’s a huge overlap in our vision, but your perspective has you fostering puppies or encouraging your grandkids to love pets. Whatever “work” uniquely awaits you, it’s always worth seeking out.

I’ve found that knowing “what I do” has helped guide many decisions. I know now what aspects of my life to water, and which I let wither away. It’s helped me deal with, and also recognize, God’s guiding hand in the mundane aspects of my very ordinary life.

So as the t-shirt reads, “I comfort critters”. It’s what I do, it’s what I love. It’s what gets me up in the morning and what I always find time to do, even when I have no time at all. For me this means taking a step each day towards helping an animal in need (a “critter”). I try to treat my pets as I’d like to be treated. I try to keep Comfort for Critters going, despite rising postage rates, aching elbows and a plate full of commitments. I surely don’t always succeed, but even on my worst days I can find the time to add one more row to a blanket, so not all is lost.    

Helping critters is the area of the world that I get to leave my fingerprint. In permanent marker, no less. Yes, it’s just one simple, ordinary fingerprint, but it’s all mine. I plan to write much more on this, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, what would you put on your t-shirt?

 

 

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Thanks for sharing. I just heard about you on the John Tesh radio show. I love animals and crocheting, so I'll send some blankets soon!

I think that my passion is simply being creative. And I don't think I'm alone in this. I used to consider the billions of stars, asteroids, planets known and unknown( and some of all this celestial real estate NEVER to be known) and wonder WHY? Until it finally dawned on me maybe for the sheer unadulterated joy of creating ! If I am made in the image and likeness of God perhaps I can read it in reverse: maybe my enjoyment of creating something new is part of that very likeness. And if I don't think of it in terms of a PASSON I can just consider all the creativity involved in the known universe alone. We're still discovering stuff under the microscope that suggests a passion for creation and love of beauty utterly beyond our grasp.

So I think that being creative, no matter the end result, is my passion.

LOVED your comment Michael, and I so agree! You look at the universe and see God's "unadulterated joy of creating" and I look at the animals which roam the earth in the same way. I marvel at the sheer variety, even within a species. I see God's humor and creativity in these creatures all the time. I'm thankful that you shared how this creativity lives in us, as we are created in his likeness. Wonderful idea to ponder....



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