A friend informed me that she had used my story to encourage her son not to give up on his dreams and talents. I suppose she was referring to the part of my story where I had talked about becoming a published author sometime in the previous century, and here, finally, I have succeeded.
Well, hogwash! Here’s what I would like to tell him: Don’t quit your day job.
In the first place, I like to think that there’s more to my story than achieving a dream. I would like to think that, if I’m remembered for anything, it will be for these things: for loving people well; for laughing a lot; and for doing my dead-level best to live the life God gave me with intention.
And if anyone should examine my story, I hope that the lesson they might take away is this: There are seasons to life.
Some of those seasons are fun and creative—be grateful and don’t waste a moment!
Some seasons are just plain hard work— balance making a living with living life.
I’ve been through some seasons, and I’ll bet you have to, that were downright sucky— find perspective, learn what you need to, and be ready to move on.
You see, in every season you will find opportunities—if only you will look for them—to use your talents. The season you are in right now may not be the season for you to publish your book, paint your masterpiece, sell your song, climb Machu Picchu (or whatever dream you may hold), but you can live every day well. You can lay down your life today in small ways, and live in expectation that every act of goodness is part of a plan that is bigger than yourself.
Because we’re all created for a purpose, and we’re all creative in many, many ways. So don’t quit your day job. Walk well the path you’re on right now, in this season.
But get ready, my friend, because seasons change!