Spiritual Practice


Rebecca King, 21

When I think of the term career, I think of something I want to do for the rest of my life. A career is not merely a job to make money; it’s a passion a person turns into a job. As a little kid in kindergarten, I wanted to be the “boss” when I grew up and hire all the kids in the class to work for me. Later, I wanted to be a rock star, an actress, a vet—all the typical childhood dreams. But as an adult, I have found two passions that I am turning into a career: I’ve been blessed with the ability to turn words into works of art and to encourage other people through my writing.

A marvelous word has stirred my heart. . . .
My tongue is the pen of a skillful scribe.
Psalm 45:1 (CEB)

My talent has not only given me hope for a future in which I can be independent and self-sufficient, but it has also provided me with a way to glorify God and to help others who struggle with similar problems. Soon I will begin work on what I hope will be my first published novel, and I’m praying for God to guide my words. I hope my story will inspire you to explore where passion and work can intersect in your life.


JOURNAL: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Now, what are you thinking about doing as a career? Where can work and passion meet in your life?

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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