Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.
– Howard Thurman
This is one of my favourite quotes of all time. Mostly because it is so true and yet not how most people live their lives. I think I cried the first time I heard it.
In some ways it’s easy to go through life doing what the world says you should do. You work hard for good marks in your HSC, then you go to uni, get good secure well-paid job, get married, get mortgage and some day have kids. All these things are good things, but do they make you come alive?
Often to go after that which makes you come alive, you really have to fight for it.
Back in April the National Director of International Teams offered me a job as her assistant because I wanted to help people more. I thought the idea a little crazy at the time but then couldn’t stop thinking about it.
I struggled with doubts and fears and pride. How could I become a personal assistant? I had one! The world told me I should be working my way up the career ladder towards more money and more hours and more prestige.
But as I had conversations with friends, a trusted colleague and family, they all encouraged me to go for it! They knew, like I did, that planning law didn’t make me come alive. And I had a strong sense of God saying – this is the next chapter I have in store for you. I had been praying for a new job for at least 12 months – I thought it would be in law, but hey, God always bigger and better plans!
I still struggle with doubts and fears and my pride often gets in the way but I’m so glad I took the leap of faith. While it is just a job (and as someone in a pub said to me awhile back, even the most amazing jobs out there are about 20% awesome and 80% tough hard yards) it is also a huge opportunity to see God’s faithfulness at work, to be continually humbled and to make a difference for eternity. Even the small task of opening the mail has encouraged me some days as I see big cheques come in and witness people’s generosity.
These things make me come alive! So ask yourself…what makes you come alive? And go do that.