I read an article last year called “Reinventing Yourself: What you should know before setting out in search of a new career.”*
It made me think of all the different hats and titles I’ve worn during my adult years. Here are a few of them.
- Stay at home mom and domestic engineer
- Older adult college student
- Secretary and Paralegal
- Drama team co-leader
- Office manager
- Member services director
- Professional organizer
- Referring travel agent
- Mary Kay consultant
- Music teacher
As I look at that list, I perceive that life keeps changing. Duh! It’s so easy to see that looking backward but not so easy moving forward into it at a new turn in the road.
Sometimes a dead-end forced me to branch off toward the unfamiliar and scary. At other times the prospect was a dream I had never dared to pursue.
All of them took courage I didn’t think I possessed. Many times I felt I was drowning because I didn’t know what I was doing. Often I prayed for wisdom and to learn quickly.
And I found that courage comes when we do what we fear.
I’ve learned more from the journey than I ever did in the classroom. Some things can’t be taught, only experienced.
Each hat I wore brought knowledge I would not trade, though some I certainly would not want to relive.
As an old commercial reverberates, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” And I guess I have.
I expect, and rightly so, that there will be more roadblocks, more dead ends, more Ys in the road, more choices and hats to try on, more days to learn and grow.
The fact is, I never invented or re-invented myself at all. I am a project in the making, a vessel of clay that is continually being molded and conformed, mended and repaired.
God’s hand moves the wheel of my forming, using the good, the bad, and the ugly to make me more and more into the image He wants.
It is the model of Jesus He is pressing for.
I am His project and He is committed to complete it.
“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, HCS)
At this place on my journey, I am confident of this: God will do what God will do. He is the sovereign Lord in charge of all of creation. If I try to resist His remaking of me, I will find myself kicking against His plan, not a place I want to be.
There is surrender in this process. A daily call to crucify my flesh and its desires. A continual seeking to know His will and the courage to walk in it even when I am afraid.
What kind of hats have your worn? Which hat are you wearing now?
How is your journey going?
* Kentucky Living, February 2011