If You Could Do Something Else

pic from Flickr by Purple Slog

pic from Flickr by Purple Slog

Have you ever been asked the question, “If you could do something else with your life, what would it be?” This question usually gets one of two responses. The first answer comes from the person that has thought about this question before and they have their answer already ready. It takes no time for them to respond. Then there is the other person who when asked this question gives you the blank stare, the glazed over look, the deer caught in the headlights look. You get the impression that they have never thought about this before. The initial question also implies that you may not be happy with your current career field and might need to entertain the thought of doing something else. I have worked with people in the past that have traded in their passions and dreams for a 40 hour week and a 2 week vacation. I have talked with people who thought that what they were doing was all there was and so went their life. This is not a demoralizing or demeaning question. This can be a fun question. If you like what your career is, it is sometimes fun to think about what it would be like to get paid for something you like to do on the side or a hobby that you tinker with from time to time. I have thought about this from time to time and I like to entertain the thought with stuff I like to do but could not do as a career. For instance, I like to cook and it is fun to imagine what it would be like to be a chef. However, I would not like to cook for a restaurant full of people everyday five – six days a week. The key to not getting overwhelmed or fearing that you might have chosen the wrong career path is to recognize your calling. A calling is not a job. I will share my testimony another time; but I am amazed that God has called me to be a pastor. I love ministering to people, preaching, and serving. I cannot see myself doing anything else. I am content with my calling. So, if I am ever asked the question, “If you could do something else with your life, what would it be?” I know my answer. Nothing.

What is God’s calling on your life? Are you content with where you are in life? Why or Why not?

4 comments
Ryan Woodham
Ryan Woodham

I feel very comfortable with my life. Just last summer I heard my calling to go into the ministry to become a youth pastor. But the church that I was at didn't really back me up on what my choice was and so I asked God where did I need to go to get this comfort. Within in a day, you know how you get that feeling where u know its God talking to you, Byron Baptist Church was a place he wanted me to try. Well it only took one day to realize this is my new home. But I was also struggling to figure out what my major was going to be. So I prayed and prayed and with God's help i narrowed it down to construction management and I'm very comfortable with that line of work. After all this happened I felt that my life was on the right road and I never thought going where God told me to go would bring me such happiness. I love God so much and where ever he leads me I shall go. So if you asked me "If you could do something else with your life, what would it be?" I would have to answer, I am perfectly happy where God has me in my life. Surround by a church of loving people that are focused on learning about God.

Jimmy Proulx
Jimmy Proulx

Thanks for the link. I can add you to my reading list in Google Reader.

Jimmy Proulx
Jimmy Proulx

Great! I have learned a long time ago that disobedience will put you in conflict with God's will for your life. It did not work out so well. I can tell you from personal experience that obedience is the best way to go. I am glad that you have found contentment in where God is leading you.