Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Reflections: Did God Bless You With This Gift? Stupid Question

Yesterday before heading out to make a minor adjustment in my life, I had a friendly online conversation with a man that is a juggler. He's a juggler because he maintains many careers, such as being a pastor and an author. He was originally trying to message someone else, but I responded in confusion. After telling me the many careers he juggles, he asked me what I do. I told him I'm on the path to creating a career. His response was something that I didn't quite expect, but shouldn't have surprised me.

Have you seen Kevin Hart's movie "Laugh At My Pain?" I'm pretty sure he did this joke in other comedy shows, but it's about the overly religious person who brings God into everything. You can get into a conversation about anything with this overly religious person. For instance that person may ask you how you're doing. No matter what you reply back with, that person will ask if God created that feeling. If they ask you about your career, they will want to know if God picked out that career for you. Pause....

This is what happened in the online conversation with this stranger. They asked me about myself and then asked if my goals were planted in God. What kind of question is that? I've heard people get asked that before. Everyone likes to reply to those questions in a different manner. Some people reply yes and others will say no since their Gift is nowhere near what bible thumpers would call good. Example of bad careers to bible thumpers are stripping, singing and rapping in a non-Christian way, writing in a provocative fashion, and modeling in a non-Christian way. Wait, is there a Christian form of modeling? Anyway, you get the point.

However, while some people can courageously answer the question, I suck at it. It's a horrible question to ask in the first place and it doesn't have a real answer. Is my gift planted in God? Did God bless me with this Gift? I don't really know. All I know is this gift started as a hobby when I was a child. It was a way of letting my imagination roam wild in the midst of loneliness. Somehow doing what make the heart smile always takes away the lonely feeling for that moment in time. Over time the gift developed and became a passion.

That passion is sort of like Beyonce's gift for singing. Her lyrics became little raunchier, her look became a little more provocative, but her voice became much stronger. There's also Lil Wayne. I don't know how much money he was making in the 90's, but Lil Wayne is worth an estimated $80 million. Back in the day Lil Wayne rapped about the life he lives and his lifestyle grew with his career. Now he's arguably one of the greatest rappers of the 12st century, but who blessed him with the gift that he has? Who blessed Beyonce's gift?

Is God embedded in our every achievements? That's a question that some people just want to stuff down our throats. However, I say forget it. Can God just silently be embedded in our achievements? That's the real question. That's the question that should never be voiced out loud. I don't want to have to answer a question that I'm not sure of. When someone eats a salad no one asks them if God blessed them with that salad. No one asks the person eating a cookie if it was blessed by God. So why should that question be asked when pertaining to career moves?

Can I just do it because Lashuntrice wants to do it? After all it's the passion I've been working on all my life. Now I'm off to juggle a few things.