What Do You Do?

Most of my life I've really struggled over finding my thing.  The people around me always seemed to have such a specific purpose and direction they were headed, and I felt passion-less. My goals changed every other day and I was never much for hobbies. 

My noteworthy accomplishments were school related or job-performance based. At some point that stopped being sufficient for me, and my feeling of self-worth plummeted. My brother was out traveling the United States, meeting new people, and positively affecting their lives. I was home making sure I got straight A's on my report card. Don't get me wrong, I always loved school. But there's a profound emphasis on what a person does, and for a long time I didn't feel like I was doing something that mattered or was valued by others. 

A couple of years ago, I talked to a wonderful woman who got an earful when she innocently asked me what I do. We had met maybe an hour before yet I broke down and essentially told her that I was useless. She was so kind and her simple response turned my world around. She told me that there are three kinds of people: Visionaries, Planners, and Mechanics. Visionaries have the the idea, the thing. Planners take the thing and bring it to life. And the mechanics are the detail-oriented, the experts in the steps it takes to bring the vision to fruition. She told me that she and I are planners. She said without us, the visionaries wouldn't know what to do with their ideas, and the mechanics wouldn't have purpose for their expertise. In five minutes she gave me freedom in knowing that helping others is the thing God gave me to do, and that it is enough. 

All that to say, I love people a lot and I love being able to help ideas come to life. At some point I'm going to talk about some of those people and ideas a little more specifically. Hope you love it.

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