Usually when people ask me what I do, I answer with a generic “I work at XYZ” or “I do XYZ.”
But, my background is way more extensive than this.
I’m a writer. I’m an artist. I’m a licensed and ordained minister.
I also have a background in Broadcast Journalism and have spent a lot of time in videography and photography.
As my interests and passions changed, I learned to give more simple answers to what I do versus who I am. I’ll never forget the time I mentioned what I did when someone asked me only to berate me for having such an extensive line of things to mention from my previous career experiences.
Haters gonna hate, right?
So, over the years, I have given my answer a 3 word response as far my background: Author, Minister and Cartoonist.
I say “author” because I’ve been published and am publishing. But, I suppose the more accurate title would be “storyteller.” In fact, storytelling is something that has fit my overall experiences as a Journalist as well as a writer and media guy.
And, between you and me, the term “storyteller” is something that the Lord kept bringing up to me over and over again to this day.
While all of this is well and good, I’m actually desiring to make a point here.
Sometimes we get everything in our lives confused as it relates to what we do and who we are. While yes, you are a writer, a cook, a minister, a doctor, a lawyer, a construction worker or whatever.
But that’s just right now!
You’re not your job!
Your job or career is what you DO right now! That could change at anytime!
And for some people, that is horrifying! For others, it is a welcome opportunity to embrace and experience the other many activities that you might not have known you’re good at.
This is a scary reality for many.
A lot of people base their whole lives on a job or a way of life and are left devastated because they have centered their whole identity around said career choice.
So many people try to chase after a career or a pathway to success but forget that they should focus on what kind of person they should become or are becoming.
My personal faith in God and my relationship with Christ keeps all of this in perspective for me.
I’m first, a Christian, before anything else. I’m a follower of Christ before I’m a doctor so-and-so or reverend whomever or lead whatever. From that relationship, my identity is shaped. And, I learn of my greatest strengths and my greatest weaknesses from that.
What I do is what I do today. It could change. In fact, I anticipate their to be some change. And it is okay!