Just Do It?

15 01 2010

Sometimes I wonder just how God is working, and how clueless He must realize I am sometimes.

How often do I miss those little promptings from Him? How many times has He nudged me in one direction, planted an idea in my mind, affirmed a thought through a friend—and I completely write it off?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my future. That’s no surprise, by any means—I was, after all, that energetic high school student creating Excel spreadsheets to track what colleges I was planning to look at—and yes, it was in my freshman year of high school that I started that nonsense.

It’s a challenging thing to be so driven and future-focused. Really.

It’s even more difficult to have so many things you enjoy doing.

Back in high school, we had to take a series of in-depth personality profiles and meet with a counselor who could “recommend” what our future professions should be, based on those profiles. I breezed into the counselor’s office, and was a little dismayed when the counselor spent several minutes intently reading my results, her face screwed up in thought. She finally glanced up over her sheet and said, “Well, Cassie, I’m not really sure what advice to give you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a student with so many varied interests. I guess you could pretty much do anything you’re interested in.”

Fast-forward four years to my freshman year of college, as I was sitting with yet another counselor in CUI’s mandatory “Figure-Out-Why-The-Heck-You’re-Paying-Our-School-$30,000 A-Year-To-Be-Here” seminar. This counselor said almost exactly the same thing: “Cassie, it looks like you have so many interests that I’m not sure how to advise you. This is highly unusual. It looks like you have a totally open-ended career path with no limits in sight.”

Henry David Thoreau once said, “One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”

So—what is my something? Or is it somethings?

I absolutely love being a Director of Christian education and working with youth. As I once said, “I’ve never in my life been so happy that I chose to invest in people, rather than products.”

But for a while, I’ve been feeling like I’d like to throw myself into writing. Several weeks ago, I started reading “Queen Bees and Wannabes”, a book by Rosalind Wiseman. In a nutshell, she travels around the country, studying teen girls and how they interact—then writing about it and creating helpful curriculum to address the issues she sees. She’s not a Christian author or anything, but her job sounds like a dream to me.

I started dreaming about how I would absolutely love to do something like that.

Since I’ve quietly been thinking that, I’ve had a number of people comment on how they could see me becoming a professional writer—and these comments have been totally out of the blue. Three people this week have told me in no uncertain terms that I should definitely invest in a writing career—and one of them was my boss. Yesterday, I met the editor of a youth magazine and we chatted about me writing for them. And today, I opened an email and the first link I saw was, “The Calling of Christian Writers”, an article by Richard Doster—essentially, a plea for quality Christian writers to emerge, since Christian literature in this century has been pretty lame. Doster’s article just keeps rattling around in my brain—like something in it has gripped onto my soul.

So—is this one of those instances where God is looking down, smacking His forehead and wondering if it’s time to drop a stone tablet on me that says, “Duh, stupid—just do it”?

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