A while ago I stumbled across the following blurb from Rick Baird. I don’t know a thing about him, but here is his website. Anyway, he said this:
Everybody has their one thing that they’re good at, and if you ever find it, you want to stick with it.
I suppose it is something of a truism, but I still love it. It makes no sense to seek a career or job just for the sake of the money. If you don’t like it, or if you can’t at least tolerate it, you will go crazy. Heck, you might go crazy even if you do like the job…but that’s another story.
It’s a lot more important to do something that you love, and that you’re good at. It is not always easy to figure out what that should be, and frankly sometimes what we love and are good at do not always add up to an adequate income. But if Mr. Baird is right, then even if we have to prop things up for a while with some ancillary employment, we can still work towards the thing that we love, the thing we’re good at.
I don’t know what he would say about this, but I think it is more important that decisions about this should not be driven by money. Hey, if you’re Peyton Manning and bring home the big bucks as one of the best QBs of all time, doing what you love, well then knock yourself out. Fantastic. But for most of us doing what we are really good at and what we really like may not add up to much of a paycheck—at least not at first, anyway, and possibly never. But the important thing is that you’re making use of God’s gifts. And if you seek to use those gifts in the ways that He wants, out of love for Him, then things will probably work out. Your name may never be a household word, but who cares? What really matters is doing our best for God out of love for God with the gifts that He has given us.