Our pastor at church challenged us to sit down and write 10 things that we love doing. I love doing a lot of things… but to make a list, to put them into words, that sounded intriguing. So, here goes:
10 Things I love to do.
1.) Host. I love hosting people, events, dinners, maybe even meetings. I enjoy the aspect of preparing something for others. To have a set schedule or outline for an event or opportunity, and the feeling of completing that hosting job successfully. Yeah, I like that.
2.) Organize and Outline. When I was younger, it drove me a little insane how meticulous my mother was with planning. If I didn’t ask days in advance, you better believe it wasn’t going to happen. Then, I went and turned into her, my mother. I’m a listing maniac. I have lists of things I have to do, things I want to do, things I might want to do… daily tasks, monthly tasks, life tasks. Literal lists, mental lists, figurative lists… I like to have a sense of whats going to happen throughout my day, or week, or year. I mean, I literally just made a list of my lists. (There are a few things here and there that I welcome some fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants opportunities, but lets be honest, those are rare). Plus, the older you get, the more you forget, so writing things down can save a life!
3.) Read and Learn. I love knowing random facts, fun information that seems completely unnecessary, but intriguing when offered up in conversation. I love learning more and more throughout biblical stories and seeing how so many things intricately tie together into the beautiful book we have today known as the Bible. I enjoy listening to podcasts, or even individuals who have diverse perspectives than my own and help me to open up my mind to the world and its diversity.
4.) Make Punny Gifts. It’s actually quite a skill of mine. I can walk through the grocery store and find ways to gift the most random of objects, but I think this really helps me appreciate the little things in life. One of my top love languages is gifts, and I have always loved coming up with unique gifts to fit the perfect occasion or human in which to show love.
5.) Listen and Support. When I was first entering into college I wanted to go into Marriage and Family therapy. I, myself, had never actually been to therapy, but throughout my parents divorce I had always wanted to have someone there to listen, for me. Not for my parents, for the situation, but just for me. As I got older, That made me really want to be that person for others who may be going through that situation. So, that was where I felt I would land in the career spectrum. Then in my freshman year of college, I met Dr. Wiggington at Campbellsville University. One day as we sat in his office discussing declaring majors, I told him of my desire to work with kids going through hard times. That day he looked at me and said, “Brandie, I have no doubt you would be an excellent listener, but dear, you’re an even better talker.” Hah! That day he set me on the path to teaching. My poor students know all too well, I can talk. But I do still have a love of listening, and supporting, and then when wanted, offering up some motivation or encouragement for the road.
6.) Then of course, Talking to People. Walking downtown with my friend Emily the other day, we were laughing because we had just made two completely random friends. I jokingly said, Well my momma always told me I could have a conversation with a brick wall. Emily shot back, Brandie you don’t even need the whole wall, you just need one brick! Ya know, she is so right, conversation has never been hard for me. I love talking with and meeting new people.
7.) Cooking…. and eating. I’m not sure if you know this, but cooking for one person is hard, for me atleast. When I cook, I COOK. I love preparing for holiday parties or family gatherings. Preparing elaborate dishes or baking everything I can on a free Saturday morning. We all have to eat!
8.) Teaching and Coaching. If I hated it, I surely wouldn’t do it every day. BUT there is just something magical about that moment things click and a student masters a new skill, a player makes the perfect touch, run, and cross on the soccer field, or a little swimmer keeps their head above the water all the way across the pool. No matter the content, I love helping people see how much they are capable of, embrace the skills they sometimes didn’t even know they had, and support them as they build the confidence in themselves that they can in fact do what they’ve set their mind to.
9.) Sing Songs. Mostly Silly Songs with Larry (Insert Hair Brush Solo) Hah! Kidding, Kind of. Sometimes in life, a song can make a world of difference in a day. Sometimes it’s Sunday morning worship, sometimes its a Heart Hustle playlist on a five mile run, sometimes its silly songs with Larry at my desk at school to help me realize all really is well, and to stop sweating the small stuff. Music speaks to our minds, and through our voices we can help speak into the hearts and minds of others.
10.) Playing sports/games. I grew up on a soccer field. Defending the goal with all means necessary was a way of life for me for 14 years. It taught me hard work, team mentality, determination, and that when the going gets tough, you better get tougher. My competitive nature grew and grew, which makes it really hard now to play sports I’m not good at without a grumpy nature… None the less, A family game of badminton, a round of soccer tennis on a sunny day, or even a one-on-one basketball sesh with an old friend can make any day better. I can even play dominoes all night long, if I’m winning of course.
When you meet new people they always ask you what your hobbies are. I have always struggled answering that questions, but when Brother Greg asked me 10 things I like to do, these just flowed out. I started at 10 actually, and listed them to 1, in no particular order, but here they are. I knew these were things that I had been blessed with the ability to do, and to love. Some people hate sports, some people hate reading, some people hate talking to people… but for me, these things all bring me some form of joy.
Now may the God of peace, great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him …Hebrews13:20-21
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. …1Corinthians12:4-5
So now, for a question; What gift has the Lord blessed you with? Or rather, what do you enjoy? What do you love? What brings out your excitement and passions? Take that, and use that. Pour into it your heart, and use it to bring Glory to God. You don’t have that fire just to give you a flame to fan. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.