"What Do You Do?"
"So, what do you do?" On a daily basis, I get this question and so often I struggle with the answer because I don't necessarily have it all figured out. Do I tell people I'm a business owner, a freelancer, a graphic designer? Do I tell them, I'm still in school or that I'm just trying to figure it all out? Should I identify myself with my job and what I've accomplished or haven't? This time period can be hard because society teaches that at age 24 you should have it all together… that you should be seriously dating/married, that you should maybe be pregnant and be having kids, and that you should be moving up in your career/job and on the track to be the boss. Yall… we are twenty-four, we don't have to have it figured out! There is this timeline that we often feel like we have to live up to and when we aren't matching the data points along the way, we often feel like we are failing. At least I do.
I think we all get so caught up in the timelines that the world places on us that we constantly walk around bearing the weight of not meeting them and this causes anxiety and fear to control the way that we live. Sometimes living outside of those timelines but in the will of God brings the most peaceful, joyful season of life but you just have to be brave enough to trust that He's got it.
I don’t know where you are in the world's timeline but I do know that you are right where you need to be according to God's timeline. You might be hurting, you might be yearning for more, you might be so happy, or you might be confused or lost or hurt but in the grand scheme of things, you are exactly where you need to be.
Something that helps remind me of Gods faithfulness, is thinking back through all of the seasons of life that I have been through. I think back to all of the tough decisions that lead me here, from high school, college, moving to Alabama and then moving home, starting Simplicité. Every step of the way, through all of the decisions, big and small, good and not so good, that I made during those times God did not fail me once and I know that He isn’t going to start now. I hope that brings you as much peace as it brings me.
My goal for this post is to encourage you to be bold in the person you are created to be and to not be afraid to blaze your own trail. What’s driving the decisions that you make? Is it feeling that you “should be” doing this or that because the world or your friend group, or even your family says so? I hope not. Whatever circumstance or situation you are in, let The Lord use it and enjoy it because as cheesy as it is we don’t get these times back and He knows exactly what he's doing.
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”
– Oswald Chambers