The View From Where I Sit

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Dear Charley,

I have had many different jobs in my life. The job I have right now allows me to spend time with young adults and help them as they work through completing their college education. This job can be a bit stressful at times, but I really do love what I do. I love the relationships I build with the students even though they are generally short-lived ones. Not every earthly relationship is meant to be lifelong.

Other jobs I have had for a time include bank teller, daycare teacher, and even a Sonic Drive-In car hop. When I was in high school, I participated with a group of ladies in an aerobics dance class. I even choreographed and taught a routine to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” song. Even to this day when I hear that song, I remember the tights, leotard, leg warmers, and the sweatshirt I had. I had “borrowed” one of my dad’s sweatshirts and cut the binding away from the neck opening so that the top slid off my shoulder. I was so cool. I am thankful that there is not any photographic evidence to this fashion choice of the 80’s girl I was.

In every “job” I have had, including the ones that did not provide a paycheck at the end of the month, I have had to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I usually get an icky feeling in my belly when I have to step out of my comfort zone. But, in almost every situation, once the newness has passed, the task is not as overwhelming as I imagined it would be. Having that icky feeling is normal, and I think many people experience it from time to time. It is not good for us to allow that feeling to turn into anxiety or fear.

Don’t be afraid to try new things, Charley Kay. Fear can be a stronghold that keeps us from experiencing good things. Sometimes we can get comfortable and set in our ways – which is not necessarily bad for us. But God created a whole beautiful world for us to explore and our time here on earth is short. We need to use the time we have to make a difference in the lives of God’s people and to offer ourselves to Him for His purposes.

The Bible tells us, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).

I have recently added a song to my “Walking Tunes” playlist for when I take a few laps around the building during my work day. The song is called “Try Everything” by Shakira. The lyrics remind me to continue pressing onward:

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in // ‘Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again // No, I won’t leave, I wanna try everything // I wanna try even though I could fail

We will fail – but we will also succeed. It is through our failures that we learn how to succeed.

God doesn’t call the qualified – He qualifies the called

I don’t know where this quote originated. Google told me at least four different names and I am pretty sure it has been around a bit longer than any of them. It isn’t my saying, but it certainly applies to me.

As a broken and lost girl, I was in no way qualified to be part of bringing encouragement and instruction from God’s truth to anyone. But here I am doing just that. Each of the paths I have traveled in my life have shaped and prepared me for the path I currently walk. He has qualified me for the tasks before me today. It will be that way for you, too, Sweet Girl.

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” Psalm 126:3.

From where I sit, I can honestly say that God has done great things in my life and I am filled with joy. He has used the pain, trials, frustration, and plain-old poop to do marvelous things. I am blessed to have been a part of these things and I look forward to the “next things. Press on, Dear One. Be bold.

Love,

Nana

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