Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Following our passion and/or our paycheck...

Several blogs tout following your heart, doing what you love, and supporting one's lifestyle by working for self. Fine and good! Composing one's own employment structure sounds like a delight for some people, a nightmare for others.

In contrast to those on vocational monkey bars, most of us serve someone else. We hear about a job opening. We spot an ad. Maybe we could do the work, so we apply, and are happy to get the job. It might not be our favorite way to spend a day, but it's definitely okay or at least bearable. We exchange life hours for money to buy food, shelter, and clothing. Maybe we can even support our hobby or vacations. Is that so bad?

Maybe. But maybe not. Many of us need the discipline of regular hours, a desk, or a post where we're expected to show up. We like the routine of a paycheck. Some of us thrive as part of an organization that does worthwhile things. A few live to climb up the business ladder so we can tell others what to do. It takes all kinds.

I loved working within a great institution in a season of expansion and freedom to create a new thing. Now I'm back to the sheer joy of setting my hours at home, being my own boss, and doing work just for the love of it. I am surprised by coming alive again, and incredibly grateful (among other things, for a husband supports my passion by being paid for doing what he loves - thanks, honey!)

My creativity is constantly on the prowl. No one gets anxious because of my ecstatic finds or feels obligated to protect their turf when I get excited by possibilities. Nobody is upset by my huffy moods. The dog and I walk out my breaks when research and writing put my brain in a fog. 

What a window of lively exploration and discovery! Who knew "not working" would be so rich, fulfilling, and peaceful? Thanks be to God for every new morning, whether we are privileged to punch the clock or creating new ways to live in time. 

Read more: (Thanks, Tillie!)
*O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8 NIV

*Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:2-4 NIV

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