This is one of my favorite “get to know you” questions! It is diving deep fast, but I LOVE knowing what people just love to do. What is the that thing that you do, or wish you did, that just ignites your soul? It’s the thing that makes you grin from ear to ear when you talk about it. It is what gives you the feeling of purpose, productivity, and pure bliss.
The answer to this question tells us SO much about one another. It tells me your passions, your talents, and your ambitions. It gives me a glimpse into who you are when the veil comes off, the mask is removed, and the “good trophy wife” climbs down off the shelve.
It is the raw you.
Lately, I have just been so over surface level conversations. Don’t get me wrong, I love to know how each of you feel about the weather, learn all about your kids latest tantrum, or even hear about that annoying neighbor you have. But, I really want to know the real you. I want you to know the real me. I want us to walk in fullness and thrust each other into that place of real living. I want to know what you love.
So, I ask you again, What do you do that makes you come alive?
Do you know?
Do you do it?
While you are thinking about your answer, I will start the conversation. Let’s skip the small talk and dive deep.
My answer to this question is easy. All I have to do is take a quick look at the past few weeks and find the moments when all I could do was smile. The moments that overwhelmed my heart so much and made me want to scream, “this is what I was made for.”
If you read my blog or even just look at some of the blog titles, you know that I love Jesus and being a mom and wife. Those go without saying. Jesus makes my heart come alive. My husband and kids make my heart come alive. You probably already know this about me. But, what are the things I just love to do that you may not know? Just little me doing what I was made for.
Here are a few of my best answers to the question. Let’s have a real conversation.
1. Mother’s Day weekend I was given the opportunity to host a mother’s breakfast at my church. I had the opportunity to share my testimony, meet, hang out with, and pray with amazing women. I got to be crafty with decor and just provide a space for moms to be real people. I left the church beaming. I honestly never noticed the amount of time it required for me to pull the event together until several women asked me at the event how I found the time with three small children.
This is what I call a “made for” moment. The work doesn’t feel like work. It refreshes you instead of drains you. Time escapes you.
2. Every Sunday, I make my 3o minute trip to teach a childbirth class at our local birth center. I have taught this class every Sunday for over 4 years, and I never get tired of teaching it. For real. Never. I always look forward to going. I mostly go into it tired, because it is Sunday afternoon. We have just finished the craziness of getting home from church and eating lunch, and I am pretty sure I grew up believing nap time must always follow church on Sundays. (Nap time makes me come alive too, but that is a story for another blog post). I always leave teaching feeling refreshed.
3. Writing. Writing blog posts. Writing letters. Writing in my journals. Working on “maybe one day” book projects. There is just something about it that connects me with the Lord and breathes on my soul. I may not be the best, but I love it. I love learning about it, reading others writings, and even talking about it. There is just something about seeing words come together to tell a story that makes want to sing.
It took me a while to discover these things about myself.
I had to stop and notice the smile on my face in the mirror.
I had to stop and recognize the fire in my bones that made me do a little dance when I did them.
I purposely create opportunity for me to walk in them, because it is when me and Jesus walk arm and arm and have fun together. The creator created me to craft. He created me to teach. He created me to impact families. He created me to write.
When I rejoice in His creation, my heart and soul find life. It is as simple as that.
So, I went first. Now it is your turn.
What do you do that makes you come alive?
Do you know?
Do you do it?
Look in the mirror and find the smile. Take notice when your body starts to do the jig without you giving it permission. Allow God to show you what makes you come alive and go do it. Make space. Make it a priority.
And, the next time you sit down with a friend over coffee, take a chance. Ask them the question. Answer the question. Go deep. Be real. Share you.
Let’s have a real conversation,
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
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