“You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are-in so many unexpected ways.” Emily Freeman in A Million Little Ways, Uncover The Art You Were Made To Live.
I had my first job interview when I was eighteen years old at a daycare. I had just graduated from High School. My desire was to be a teacher. While I was in high school I volunteered in childcare, preschools, children’s church ministries, and baby sat. I had a blast with little kids. Everyone said I was so good at it. It was a natural thing for me to continue working in childcare. I interviewed for a position to be a teacher assistant.
I remember my Mom saying to me on my way to the interview, “Just Be You!”
Who am I?
I’m passionate about teaching and loving kids like God loves me. Yes, that must be me.
My Mom was a Preschool Teacher. I started assisting her at age eight afterschool and in the summers. She knew me as a girl who loved kids.
I knew God and I Knew that He was calling me to be a teacher. I was a Preschool Teacher for over twenty years.
In my late twenties I felt a desire to help hurting families and kids. I received a degree in Social Work and worked as a counselor in several institutions. I had mercy, empathy and a heart for others. I felt God’s direction in what I did. I was compassionate and on fire with desire.
In my late thirties I no longer felt any interest in teaching or counseling. I was doing my job and burning out. I didn’t feel God’s leading. I was lost. I felt shame for this.
What do I do now?
I was not being me as I knew me to be.
What is my purpose in life now?
I pondered this question with my Bible Study friends. Some suggested that I stick to what I been doing and just change my place of work. The thought of this made me depressed and I felt stuck.
An Elderly Wise Gentleman made a comment that changed my direction in life.
“Lisa God sometimes changes our calling. It is time to make a change when there is no more passion.”
I felt relieved, I thought something was wrong with me for not wanting to stay in my field.
Soon after this realization, I married at age forty and I started having children.
Now I’m living my lifelong dream and my heart is full of joy.
Every day I continue to seek God’s direction to help me be who He made me to be.
“I don’t believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways; I will declare His glory with my life.” Emily P. Freeman (a million little ways, Uncover The Art You Were Made To Live pg.40)
Last year my book for the year was by
Emily Freeman. A Million Little Ways, Uncover The Art You Were Made To Live.
It is an incredible book about being the best you. A book about being what God created you to be. Our life is an art that needs to be uncovered.
Emily asks in her book,
“Do you desperately fear you have nothing to offer the world but secretly hope you’re wrong?”
How about you?
5 thoughts on “Just Be You!”
Hi there Lisa. I so agree with you that God calls us to something and then calls us to change direction. So often we err in sticking with something WAY past its fruitfulness because we think, “But this is my calling. I can’t leave it.” God has different seasons for all of us! Blessings. I’m curious about Emily Freeman’s book!
Hi Betsy, Emily Freemans book is amazing. While I was reading last year I was contemplating if I should start a blog or not. After I read her book – I felt compelled to start. I didn’t want to keep what God put in me all to myself.
Betsy I looked on your sight to see how I can send you a message. Couldn’t find it. I would like to ask you a question about participating in a blog series with me – about family rituals. Here is my email address firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you might be interested.
Beautiful post! I am glad you found your place. It sounds as though it is exactly where you were always meant to be. Life has a funny way of bringing out the unexpected in the times we need it the most. I suppose that is how God intended it to be. Hugs to you!
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Thank you Crystal for coming by and leaving such a kind comment!!!