Earlier in September I told you about a book I had ordered from Christine Caine titled “Can I Have & Do It All, Please?”. As I mentioned then, the titled captured me & I was instantly intrigued. I think that phrase sums up what I feel a lot. And if the title isn’t enough, here’s the breakdown on the back cover:
“For years, we as women have been told we can have it all, be it all and do it all. Inevitably, we too have aggressively set out on a pursuit to achieve this utopian “all”. We roll up our sleeves in true “Rosie the Riveter”style (to reveal our femininely chiseled arms of course) and belt out the lyrics to “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar” in our best Helen Reddy voice.
We get up one hour earlier to exercise, another hour earlier to get the kids ready and packed for school and yet another hour before that to pray. We are consummate organizers, jugglers and problem solvers as we manage husbands, children, church commitments, friendships, finances, groceries, mealtimes, child taxi service, quiet time with God and whatever else is on the agenda.
Then, we go to bed one hour later to ensure the house is tidy, or another hour later to read a chapter of the latest best seller and another hour later to have time with our husband. It almost gets to the point where we should forego sleep altogether because the moment our head touches the pillow, it’s time to rise and shine.
Sound familiar? Well, this book is for every woman looking for answers on how to truly have (and do) it all!”
Although I am only at the beginning I am loving it & wanted to share with you about discovering our unique “all”. Chris(tine) writes that one of the most fundamental & profound keys that will enable us to have & do it all in life is this: “we must ensure our “all” is actually the purpose God had in mind when He created us. If you try to pursue any other “all”, you will never be satisfied.” She goes on to say that finding our unique purpose is not really as complex as we may think. “You’ll find your purpose is normally aligned with your gifts, talents and heart’s desires.”
In order to help you sift through all the desires in your heart & separate the God-given dreams from the “that would be kinda cool” fantasies, Christine gives us 15 questions to ask yourself about what unique gifts you bring to the table of life. I challenge you to take some time & really think through these.
- What is it that I’ve been good at since an early age?
- What do others look at me doing that would be hard for them, but seems effortless to me?
- What is it that I consistently find myself sharing about or helping others with?
- Why do I think God created me?
- What am I most passionate about?
- What things enrage me and what problems in the world do I have a passion, over and above all others, to solve?
- What subjects could I talk about for hours and days without a loss of momentum?
- What Scriptural truths and subjects have been those that most bear witness to me and speak life to me?
- What have been the biggest struggles I have encountered in life?
- What have been my biggest victories and breakthroughs? Why?
- What subjects or topics do I enjoy learning about?
- What would I be doing if money wasn’t an issue?
- What type of people do I connect with easily or have compassion for?
- What were my favorite subjects in high school or college?
- What part of the globe or cultures do I have a passion for?
Our unique purpose becomes more defined with each season of life. Perhaps the above questions will help you discover where your road map is taking you in this life long journey.