I had a reflective moment the other day thinking back on the different jobs I’ve had. I started with mowing Mam’s (my grandma) yard. I got paid in orange juice and cookies and every now and then (against my dad’s wishes 😉 ), $5. Once in high school, I started babysitting. One summer I worked at Dor-Tees, my hometown, local ice cream/grease pit/local drive-up restaurant. One summer working there made me realize food service was not my thing! I’m not that great at being a waitress! In college, I was a student leader at the Baptist House. I also worked as a gas station clerk for a summer (interesting people!). For a time, right before I graduated, I worked at a tanning salon. (It’s ok to laugh! I am a blonde headed, fair complected girl that never tans working at the local tanning salon. Oh, the irony!) Once I graduated from Ball State with my bachelor’s degree in education, I substitute taught, filled in pregnancy and medical leaves before being hired on full time. Then came children. I was still teaching with the 2 boys. Then, my daughter came along and I couldn’t do it all. I wanted to be a mom more than I wanted to teach. So, I stayed home. Being a mom is the best job and the hardest job. Once all three were in school, I headed back to work part time. For a few years I was an office manager for a greenhouse. (I have a brown thumb, not green!) I learned a lot about the horticultural world as I put my Type A, organizing self to work as the office manager. I truly enjoyed keeping things organized and moving forward. Anyway, I did go back to the classroom as a teacher’s assistant for four years before moving back into the classroom full time. I was back as a full time teacher with 3 of my own kids in Junior High/Senior High. I loved my students, I loved my co-workers, I loved seeing the light bulb go on when the students learned something new and something finally clicked and they “got it.” I loved even the naughty ones because they kept me on my toes and kept me searching for different ways to help them. Life threw me a curve ball and I stepped away from teaching to be a full-time mom. My kids needed me more. Currently, I’ve got a couple of side gigs. I am keeping the books for a friend of mine who started a new business. (I am able to use my love of organizing!) Plus, I’m back at the greenhouse from earlier, but in a different realm. I’m not sure of my title. I do know I work with a lot of great people taking care of flowers and plants and honing in on my customer service skills. And for the fun of it, I’m doing some journaling, writing and you all are humoring me by supporting my blog. 🙂 Thank you!
During my time of reflection, I looked back on how my parents supported us. My dad was a young mechanic. As soon as he was old enough, 18, we worked at a factory near by for 40+ years. There was a lay off period when he became a licensed realtor and when his factory closed down, he moved to another factory to finish up before his retirement. Even then, He couldn’t sit still and was a part-time bus driver. My mom stayed home, raised us hooligans, babysat for other families, was a teacher assistant and worked for the Gaithers for several years before she retired. We bought her a new sewing machine and she has been a quilting queen ever since!
A few days ago I did a Facebook poll (thank you for participating!) and asked what were some of your favorite jobs. I truly enjoyed reading the different jobs people had or are doing now. Some of their favorite jobs were when they were younger. Some jobs were from earlier in their life, but moved on to something else. Some are working and doing what they love on the side. Some are living the dream doing what they love, living in their sweet spot.
Still in my reflective state of mind, I thought, am I living in my “sweet spot? What does that look like?” My current jobs are not in my educational background. I have not formally been trained to keep the books for a company or taken classes to know the difference between an annual and a perennial (which I do know!) and know how much sun or shade a flower will thrive in. But, I am learning more every day. My major in college was education, not literature or writing. Even though I’m not formally educated or trained in these areas, I am truly enjoying what I’m doing and who I’m working with. God provided what I needed, when I needed it. I am confident I am doing what He is calling me do to. Once I became a teacher and had my own classroom, I thought, I was a lifer. They are going to have to roll me out of here in 30 years. If you would have told me then, this is what I would be doing now, I would have said you were crazy! Yet, look at me now, crazy!!
Over the years of trials and joys, Jesus has become my favorite everything. I’m learning that He is my sweet spot. It doesn’t matter my job, title, training, education or hobbies. What matters most is living my sweet spot in Him.
John 10: 27-28 says, “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.”
The line that jumps out at me is “No one can snatch them away from me.” We are His, for eternity. No matter the directions we go, the jobs we take, the hobbies we enjoy, we are His. If you know anything about sheep, you know they aren’t that smart. Yet, they know the voice of the person who takes care of them. I’m not that smart, I make some dumb choices. Yet, the voice I want to hear above all other voices, is Jesus’. The more I get to know Him, the louder His voice becomes. I want to hear and listen to His voice, to follow Him, to be protected and never be snatched away from Him. As I live that out, I’m living in my sweet spot.
God doesn’t necessarily call the qualified, He qualifies the called. That’s where I am now. He has called me to where I am now and He will give me what I need to be successful and be His Light wherever He leads me.
Be His light. Be His voice. Be His love in action. Open yourself up, trust His calling and live in your sweet spot. No one will snatch you away from Him. Believe in yourself, believe that He is your sweet spot. Go live the life you are called to live in your sweet spot.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.