Head Down and Keep Moving Forward 

If I asked you to tell me what you think New York City is like, whether you have been there or not, you are probably going to say something like, “abuzz,” or “busy.” You may even say, “full of life,” or “way too crowded,” depending on the condition of your heart, but that is a discussion for another time. Every time Ashley and I stepped out of our hotel room on our visit to the city we noticed how alive the city sounded. It was like stepping out of a quiet shop into a crowded mall. You could hear conversations, traffic, and music; the sounds of a city filled with stories. One thing I never saw in all of this was a true New Yorker “wandering aimlessly.” Every person in the city that wasn’t wearing the proverbial, “tourist badge” was on the move. Their pace said, “I have purpose, passion, and direction.” Maybe that was true, maybe they were all late for work, either way, I learned something valuable. It’s not always important that you know exactly where you’re going, what’s important is to keep moving forward.

There have been times in my life where I have questioned my “purpose.” As I write this I am in that season again. The question of what do I want to be when I grow up still creeps in and haunts me at 32 years old, and from the information I can gather it’s a question that haunts many that are much older more experienced than me. I recently read a statistic that says people in my generation will experience an average of 9 career changes in their lifetime. That’s not job changes within the same field but career overhauls. That can be terrifying if we let it. Our other option is to take comfort in the fact that we don’t have to have it all figured out right now. If we stay focused on learning, growing, and becoming more like Christ wherever we are then nothing is wasted. “What” you are is not nearly as important as “who” you are. Scripture tells us,

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

The trick here is to go to way of the NYC pedestrian and whether you are neck deep in a dead end job or on your way to save the world from the impending zombie apocalypse do it with purpose, passion, and direction as if it were God himself filling out the performance reviews. At the end of the day, His is the only opinion that matters.

This is part two of a series called “How to Pretend you’re from New York.” You can follow this blog by clicking the gear at the top of the page and providing your email address.

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