When I Grow Up
[I] recently read Alexa's blog post
about using her knack for writing to serve God. She said that this last year was the first she was brave enough to call herself a writer. My first thought was, "Funny. I've always called her a writer." And I have! I have always admired Alexa's gift--her incredible ability to put scenarios and life into words no one else would ever have thought of. And her whole blog got me thinking....why do I have such a difficult time figuring out how to put my gifts to use? And for that matter, why does everyone else around me? Have you ever met someone who was really utilizing their gifts with very little fear and trepidation? I have. I work as a grant writer in the non-profit world, and from time to time, I run across people who live like this--the lawyer who takes on as much pro bono work as work for profit; the doctor who serves overseas and makes next to no money bandaging wounds and giving shots to AIDS victims in Africa; and the Foundation Director who is highly ranked in the military, is a nurse, and now gives millions of dollars away while still caring greatly about every non-profit who has the guts to send her a proposal; and the Editor of the small literary magazine that keeps making it because this Editor keeps making it happen (sound familiar??). These people are smart, they love their work, and they find purpose and meaning in it. I call them leaders. I like to lie in bed at night and dream that I will one day be as certain, motivated, and diligent. I don’t know that I have an answer for myself yet as to what I will do in the long run. But it is encouraging to know that Alexa has lived a little longer than I have and she’s figuring out what she’s going to be when she grows up. It’s encouraging to know that these people aren’t always fearless—they just hide it well. And it’s encouraging to know that God might have big unrevealed plans for me too.
Whitney Hale serves as a reader for Ruminate from 2007-20010. She received her BA in English from Liberty University and is currently working for the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She writes in her free time for a few organizations and is a strong believer in the reconciliation of people from all places, races, and backgrounds. She is still madly in love with her high school sweetheart whom she married at the ripe old age of 19 and they have two toddler boys who are 19 months apart.
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