Who Do You Want to Be in 5 Years?

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” Genesis 1:27.

Unemployed. The word sticks to my identity like a bad sunburn.

“So what do you do?” It’s always the first question people ask when they meet you. “I quit my job,” I reply, hoping they’ll leave it at that. They never do. “Oh. Well, what do you do now?” they always ask. “I don’t do anything,” I say, being stubborn. Why do I have to do anything anyway? Why is your career such a big part of how people identify you? 

But I understand. It’s second nature in our culture. What we do is who we are to many people. If quitting a job I absolutely hated has taught me anything, it’s that I don’t want to be what I do to earn money.

A few months ago, a friend asked me what I wanted to do in 5 years. I had no idea. Then, she asked me where I wanted to be in 5 years. Again, no idea. Finally, she asked me who I wanted to be in 5 years. And in that moment, I knew with utter certainty that I didn’t want to be the person my job was turning me into.

Unfortunately, when I quit I didn’t just –poof- turn into an amazing person overnight with glass shoes and pumpkin in tow. But little by little, day by day, I started to feel more like myself. I hadn’t realized how much working in a hostile work environment affected every aspect of my life.

I still don’t know what I will do or where I am going, but I know who I am – exactly who God intended me to be.

God, help me to remember that I find my identity in you, not in any career. Help me to become who you created me to be.