With chips and salsa in hand, you walk up to the door. You knock.
Off to another group gathering of strangers. You’re bracing yourself for the small talk, for the list of identity questions that naturally proceed the handshake: “What do you do? Where are you from? Who do you know here?” And, if you’re really lucky, you’ll get all the way to, “What do you like to do?”
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to sing, to dance, to travel, and to create. Thus, my answer to this question has rarely fluctuated over the years. What I like to do is part of me, my identity, and something that makes me Jenna. I never chose to like these things, it just happened—the natural draw of moth to light.
Though I will candidly acknowledge that I never consciously determined my passions, I’ve always held them as my own. Jesus is opening my eyes to the reality that are in fact, His. Fully and completely. My love for music, my skills in art, my love for travel—they aren’t haphazard, and they sure aren’t mine. The Lord designed me—all of us—with an unfathomably intricate, intimate purpose that is weaved into our very being. Wild, huh?
Starting at VisionTrust and working at the Creative Coordinator has reminded me of the true extent of His provision. When knitting me in my mother’s womb, He knew I’d be here today. He knew I’d have a love to create. And, He knew I’d use this passion to bring awareness of His individual children around the world. He knew me and He knows them.
So, It turns out, answers to the infamous small talk question are far more telling than I ever realized. With that said, the next time you’re asked the question, “What do you like to do?” remember, there is great purpose in your passion; it’s no accident. He has been and will continue to use them for His design. For again, our lives are His.