I started working when I was 19 in part time jobs like being a private tutor, service crew at the zoo and telemarketer. Coming out to the working world at 23 then was led by a desire to meet a need in society or to help a certain group of people and of course just for economic reasons. In about 10 years, I changed industry 3 times and switched from full-time, to part-time, to freelance, and then to working from home part-time.
And in these 10 years, I've felt disillusioned with the work sometimes, frustrated with things I want to see a change in but cannot change, much confusion in the direction to head in and the constant dilemma between staying at home and going back to work. Maybe it was those endless nights of breastfeeding which had me reflecting on my life's purpose and destiny, or maybe it is just the coming of age and the approaching 'mid-life crisis'.
Recently I also have been hearing friends lamenting about being stuck in the same industry since they graduated and they don't know what else they can do with their lives if they quit. Some have experienced burned out, while some have been rather despondent about still not being able to fulfil their dreams. I've had these thoughts too, and sometimes on some bad days when I'm pulling my hair out with the kids, still wallow in them.
Then God started showing me my gifts. Gifts that I've left behind or forgotten due to the worries and cares of the world, and now which I'm starting to rediscover one by one, day by day. I know some of the gifts cannot 'earn' me a living. But one thing for sure is that the gifts that God has given me, have an eternal purpose.
This Christmas, my wish for everyone is that God will reveal to you your gifts, God will give you wisdom regarding your gift and this gift will become a precious stone which will give you a clear direction in your career and life. Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!