The photo above is a good representation of my life on any given day. I’m throwing that heavy ball down the lane, with every bit of skill and energy I can muster and praying it hits the pins. Right now, for example, life is exceptionally busy as I’m full swing into the spring catering season, working five days a week at a vocational school and writing for three outlets. Just yesterday, my day consisted of helping to manage a retail store at the school, going shopping for the store, trying to convince Maggie Gallagher, founding president of the National Organization for Marriage, to talk to me on the phone for a Christianity Today article I’m working on, and then, ironically, working my first civil union ceremony and reception.
I wrote about my tri-vocational life for The High Calling in an article called “From Unemployment to Over-employment: A Means of Healing & Grace.” Here’s how the essay begins:
Being out of work can be a terrifying, unsettling experience. It can make one feel incredibly vulnerable—so vulnerable, in fact, that when work is found, it can be challenging to listen with patience when coworkers complain about their jobs, or the boss, or the people they serve.
Last year, I wrote for The High Calling about being out of work while I was grieving the death of my son. Although circumstances were difficult, I was cautiously optimistic that God would open the right door for me, as I believe he has always done. This year, I have more work than I can handle, though much of it isn’t in my primary area of interest or giftedness. By training and experience, I am a journalist and book editor. I love journalism, and I love helping authors bring their visions to completion through editing. But when I was job hunting, publishers of newspapers, magazines, and books were shedding employees like Persian cats shed fur. My efforts felt about as productive as collecting fur balls and pasting them on a naked cat.
What I needed to do, and fast, was tap into my secondary skill set. …