What brings me joy and fulfillment? Strip everything away, the busyness, the validation, the praise, and the comfort, what is at the foundation?
I’m on a quest to discover that. My foundation is Christ and the absolute Truth of the Bible, in the end of it all, those are the things that are eternal. I’m not really talking about that foundation though. I’m after how He has designed me to live out that Truth. What brings me the utmost joy is His love and sharing that with others. But He is a Creator, 8 billion people on Earth and each one of us is different/unique. What has He designed me to do to bring glory to His name and how has He wired me to draw people to Him?
What I do know: I really enjoy photography. Not posed pictures, but candid and in the moment shots of memories. I really enjoy one-on-one conversations when I can help a person know they are seen and heard, that their voice and story matter in the world. I love sharing thoughts, prayers, Scripture, truths with people and without knowing it, speak directly to their situation and encourage them. I like sharing different perspectives and igniting empathy in people – helping them see outside of themselves and their experiences. I love travel and seeing all the magnificent things, places, and people that God has created. I love bragging on God and what He is doing around the world.
I don’t need a degree for these things. I don’t need to be licensed to do these things. Do those hurt? Not necessarily. They are things I enjoy though. Maybe they’ll open doors at some point.
I get a kick out of writing. Not research papers generally, but here on this blog. Sitting at my laptop and just sharing thoughts and struggles, and victories.
I can and have preached and taught large groups, and don’t mind doing so. The prep work for doing that is stretching and strengthening in my faith and confidence. I have prayed with and interceded for people on multitudes of occasions.
My flavor of ‘missions’ is different than what a lot of people know. Maybe ‘missionary’ isn’t the correct term, but it’s the best I’ve got right now.
I am unique. How my calling fleshes out is unique. Maybe I’m not for every team or situation, but I know God leads me and has designed me to fit exactly where and when He wants me.
I’m just wanting to know what that looks like in this season of my life.