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I’m not sure what made me think about it. It simply jumped into my mind unbidden, and I thought I’d throw it out to the masses.

What is your dream job, and are you doing it?

That’s the question I posed last night on Facebook. I received quite a few comments, and they’re still coming in.

Teachers, Landmen, Truckdrivers…for the most part, it seems people love what they’re doing. However, that doesn’t mean they are doing what they love. There’s a difference. There may have been an original dream of doing a thing, but life got in the way; circumstances changed and different choices had to be made. But the choices led to doing something very fulfilling; surprisingly so, for some. They ended up living the dream, after all. It was just a dream they didn’t know they had.

Others, though, pursued that original dream with a passion. They became educated for it, and made connections, until that dream was full-fledged reality. There is also great fulfillment in that, obviously, and a satisfaction that you’re in sync with your own heart.

We’re all gifted in different areas, fitted for certain things. There is a purpose for us all in the grand scheme of God’s plan. I think that’s where we get hung up, though. Constantly trying to define that purpose with the mind of a human, assuming it’s a job of some sort, and always feeling like we’re missing it and falling down on that job.

There was one comment, however, from my cousin. And, in my opinion, she nailed it. Here’s what she said:

My dream job just included “something that helps people”

See that? She didn’t have a dream for a specific job, as much as she had an overall mission. Once we define our mission – even making a mission statement, if you will – it can serve us our entire lives, no matter how circumstances change, or what direction God may call us. With her dream of helping people, her specific giftedness of listening with an open heart, compassion, and hospitality (I know her. She’s my cousin!), can be used in myriad ways to fulfill God’s purpose and the dream of her heart.

So, I’ll ask the question a different way.

What is your mission? Are you doing it?

I’d love to know.

 

For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago. ~ Ephesians 2:10 VOICE